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swim

verb \ ˈswim \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of swim

swam play \ˈswam\; swum play \ˈswəm\; swimming
intransitive verb
1 a : to propel oneself in water by natural means (such 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

swimmer

noun

Examples of swim in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of swim

Middle English swimmen, from Old English swimman; akin to Old High German swimman to swim

swim Synonyms

Synonyms
reel, spin, turn, whirl
Antonyms
settle, sink
Related Words
swirl
Near Antonyms
calm, collect; settle, steady

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swim

noun

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 in a Sentence

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

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First Known Use of swim

1599


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swim

adjective

Definition of swim

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

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First Known Use of swim

1924



SWIM Defined for English Language Learners

swim

verb

Definition of swim for English Language Learners

  • : 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)


swim

noun

Definition of swim for English Language Learners

  • : an act or period of swimming


SWIM Defined for Kids

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swim

verb \ ˈswim \

Definition of swim for Students

swam \ˈswam\; swum \ˈswəm\; swimming
1 : to move through or in water by moving arms, legs, fins, or tail
2 : to cross by swimming
  • He swam the river.
3 : to float on or in or be covered with or as if with a liquid
  • The corn was swimming in butter.
4 : to be dizzy : move or seem to move in a dizzying way
  • My head swam in the hot room.

swimmer

noun

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swim

noun

Definition of swim for Students

: an act or period of swimming


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