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Definition 1: the act of swimming - [noun denoting act]

Samples where swim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was the swimming they enjoyed most
  • they took a short swim in the pool

Synonyms for swim in the sense of this definition

(swim is a kind of ...) sports that involve bodies of water

(... is a kind of swim ) the act of swimming for pleasure or recreation

"the Englishman said he had a good bathe"

(... is a kind of swim ) a naked swim

(... is a kind of swim ) a brief swim in water

(... is a kind of swim ) a headlong plunge into water

(... is a kind of swim ) the act of someone who floats on the water

(... is a kind of swim ) underwater swimming without any more breathing equipment than a snorkel

Definition 2: travel through water - [verb of motion]

Samples where swim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore
  • a big fish was swimming in the tank

(swim is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of swim ) swim on one's back

(... is a kind of swim ) swim with the face down and extend the arms forward and outward while kicking with the leg

(... is a kind of swim ) swim by doing the crawl

"European children learn the breast stroke; they often don't know how to crawl"

(... is a kind of swim ) swim like a dog in shallow water

(... is a kind of swim ) propel oneself through the water in a finning motion

(... is a kind of swim ) show the fins above the water while swimming

"The sharks were finning near the surface"

(... is a kind of swim ) swim in or form a large group of fish

"A cluster of schooling fish was attracted to the bait"

(... is a kind of swim ) swim for pleasure or recreation

(... is a kind of swim ) swim under water

"the children enjoyed diving and looking for shells"

Definition 3: be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom - [verb of motion]

Synonyms for swim in the sense of this definition

(swim is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

(... is a kind of swim ) float on the surface of water

(swim has a similar meaning as ...) move lightly, as if suspended

"The dancer floated across the stage"

(swim has a similar meaning as ...) set afloat

"He floated the logs down the river" "The boy floated his toy boat on the pond"

Definition 4: move as if gliding through water - [verb of motion]

Samples where swim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • this snake swims through the soil where it lives

(swim is a kind of ...) change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically

"How fast does your new car go?" "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus" "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect" "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell" "news travelled fast"

Definition 5: be covered with or submerged in a liquid - [verb of stative]

Samples where swim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the meat was swimming in a fatty gravy

Synonyms for swim in the sense of this definition

(swim is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

Definition 6: be dizzy or giddy - [verb of stative]

Samples where swim or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • my brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne

(swim is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

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