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verb skim pronunciation in American English /skɪm/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyskim
he/she/itskims
present participleskimming
past tenseskimmed
past participleskimmed

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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to move quickly over the surface of something, or to make something do this
    We stood on the bridge watching swallows skimming the water.
    skim across/over: Water skiers skimmed across the bay.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to read something quickly and not very carefully
    skim through: Would you skim through the report and check for spelling mistakes?
  3. 3
    [transitive] to remove a substance that is floating on the surface of a liquid
    skim off: Skim the fat off the soup.
  4. 4
    [transitive] if someone skims money, they take small amounts from somewhere so that people do not notice it is gone
    skim something from something: A city council member was caught skimming funds from the transportation budget.

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