Meaning of SWIM in English

SWIM

(~s, ~ming, swam, swum)

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

1.

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

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

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

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

I ~ a mile a day.

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

Swim is also a noun.

When can we go for a ~, Mam?

N-SING

2.

If you ~ a race, you take part in a ~ming race.

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

VERB: V n

3.

If you ~ a stretch of water, you keep ~ming until you have crossed it.

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

VERB: V n

4.

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

The barriers are lethal to fish trying to ~ upstream.

VERB: V adv/prep, also V

5.

If objects ~, 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.

VERB: V

6.

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

The musty aroma of incense made her head ~.

= spin

VERB: V

7.

sink or ~: see sink

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