swim

swim
1 verb past tense swam, past participle swum, present participle swimming
1 MOVE THROUGH WATER (I) to move yourself through water using your arms, legs etc: My dad taught me to swim. | Exotic fish swam around in the tank. | go swimming (=swim for fun)
—see bath 2
2 IN A PARTICULAR AREA OF WATER (T) to get across a particular area of water by doing this: She was the first woman to swim the Channel.
3 A PARTICULAR STYLE (T) to use a particular style of swimming: She can swim breaststroke, backstroke, and crawl.
4 NOT THINKING/SEEING PROPERLY (I)
a) if your head swims, you start to feel confused or dizzy (1): My head was swimming after looking at that screen all day.
b) if something you are looking at swims, it seems to move because you feel dizzy (1): The numbers swam before my eyes.
5 be swimming with sth also be swimming in sth to be very full of liquid or completely surrounded by liquid: potatoes swimming in thick gravy
6 swim with the tide to do or say the same things as most other people want because you do not want to seem different
7 swim against the tide to do or say different things from what most people do, because you do not mind being different
—see also: sink or swim sink 1 (17) 2 noun (C)
1 a period of time that you spend swimming: Let's go for a swim.
2 in the swim informal knowing about and involved in what is happening in modern life

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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