swim


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verb \ˈswim\

: to move through water by moving your arms and legs

: to move through or across (an area of water) by swimming

: to swim by using (a specified method)

swam \ˈswam\ swum \ˈswəm\ swim·ming

Full Definition of SWIM

intransitive verb
1
a :  to propel oneself in water by natural means (as movements of the limbs, fins, or tail)
b :  to play in the water (as at a beach or swimming pool)
2
:  to move with a motion like that of swimming :  glide <a cloud swam slowly across the moon>
3
a :  to float on a liquid :  not sink
b :  to surmount difficulties :  not go under <sink or swim, live or die, survive or perish — Daniel Webster>
4
:  to become immersed in or flooded with or as if with a liquid <potatoes swimming in gravy>
5
:  to have a floating or reeling appearance or sensation
transitive verb
1
a :  to cross by propelling oneself through water <swim a stream>
b :  to execute in swimming
2
:  to cause to swim or float
swim·mer noun

Examples of SWIM

  1. He's teaching the children to swim.
  2. She swam across the pool.
  3. He swam the English Channel.
  4. The racers must swim the backstroke.
  5. We watched the fish swimming in the river.
  6. Ducks swam in the pond.
  7. I felt weak and my head was swimming.
  8. The room swam before my eyes.

Origin of SWIM

Middle English swimmen, from Old English swimman; akin to Old High German swimman to swim
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to SWIM

Synonyms
reel, spin, turn, whirl
Antonyms
settle, sink

Rhymes with SWIM

2swim

noun

: an act or period of swimming

Full Definition of SWIM

1
:  a smooth gliding motion
2
:  an act or period of swimming
3
:  a temporary dizziness or unconsciousness
4
a :  an area frequented by fish
b :  the main current of activity <in the swim>

Examples of SWIM

  1. <the merest glimpse of blood sends him into a swim>

First Known Use of SWIM

1599

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adjective

Definition of SWIM

:  of, relating to, or used in or for swimming

First Known Use of SWIM

1924

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