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verb skim pronunciation in British 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
    [transitive] to remove a substance that is floating on the surface of a liquid
    skim off:

    Skim the fat off the soup.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to move quickly over the surface of something, or to make something do this
    skim across/over:

    Water skiers skimmed across the bay.

    1. a.
      [transitive] British to throw a flat stone across the surface of water so that it jumps several times before sinking
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to read something quickly and not very carefully
    skim through:

    Would you skim through the report and check for spelling mistakes?

  4. 4
    [transitive] if someone skims money, they take small amounts from somewhere so that people do not notice it is gone

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