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verb swim pronunciation in British English /swɪm/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleswimming
past tenseswam
past participleswum
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  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.



a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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