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verb British English pronunciation: swim /swɪm/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theyswim
he/she/itswims
present participleswimming
past tenseswam
past participleswum
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to move through water by making movements with your arms and legs

    Pollution has made it unsafe to swim in the lake.

    Can you swim?

    1. a.
      [transitive] to swim a particular distance, or to swim in a race

      He swam 500 metres to shore.

      the first woman to swim the English Channel

    2. b.
      [transitive] to swim in a particular style

      He can swim breaststroke and backstroke.

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