[ swim ]
/ swɪm /
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verb (used without object), swam [swam], /swæm/, swum [swuhm], /swʌm/, swim·ming [swim-ing]. /ˈswɪm ɪŋ/.

verb (used with object), swam [swam], /swæm/, swum [swuhm], /swʌm/, swim·ming [swim-ing]. /ˈswɪm ɪŋ/.


an act, instance, or period of swimming.
a motion as of swimming; a smooth, gliding movement.



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Idioms for swim

    in the swim, alert to or actively engaged in events; in the thick of things: Despite her age, she is still in the swim.

Origin of swim

First recorded before 900; Middle English swimmen, Old English swimman; cognate with Dutch zwemmen, German schwimmen, Old Norse svimma
swim·ma·ble, adjectiveswimmer, nounnon·swim·mer, nounoutswim, verb, out·swam, out·swum, out·swim·ming.
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British Dictionary definitions for swim

/ (swɪm) /

verb swims, swimming, swam or swum


swimmable, adjectiveswimmer, nounswimming, noun, adjective
Old English swimman; related to Old Norse svima, German schwimmen, Gothic swumsl pond, Norwegian svamla to paddle
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Idioms and Phrases with swim


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