Meaning of SWIM in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ swɪm ]

( swims, swimming, swam, swum)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


When you swim , you move through water by making movements with your arms and legs.

She learned to swim when she was really tiny...

I went round to Jonathan’s to see if he wanted to go swimming...

He was rescued only when an exhausted friend swam ashore...

I swim a mile a day.

VERB : V , V , V adv / prep , V amount / n

Swim is also a noun.

When can we go for a swim, Mam?



If you swim a race, you take part in a swimming race.

She swam the 400 metres medley ten seconds slower than she did in 1980.

VERB : V n


If you swim a stretch of water, you keep swimming until you have crossed it.

In 1875, Captain Matthew Webb became the first man to swim the English Channel.

VERB : V n


When a fish swims , it moves through water by moving its body.

The barriers are lethal to fish trying to swim upstream.

VERB : V adv / prep , also V


If objects swim , they seem to be moving backwards and forwards, usually because you are ill.

Alexis suddenly could take no more: he felt too hot, he couldn’t breathe, the room swam.



If your head is swimming , you feel unsteady and slightly ill.

The musty aroma of incense made her head swim.

= spin



sink or swim: see sink

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