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English noun: swim

1. swim (act) the act of swimming

SamplesIt was the swimming they enjoyed most.
They took a short swim in the pool.


Broader (hypernym)aquatics, water sport

Narrower (hyponym)bathe, dip, dive, diving, floating, natation, plunge, skin diving, skin-dive, skinny-dip

English verb: swim

1. swim (motion) travel through water

SamplesWe had to swim for 20 minutes to reach the shore.
A big fish was swimming in the tank.

ExamplesThese men swim across the river, These men swim the river

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)backstroke, break water, breaststroke, crawl, dive, fin, fin, paddle, school, skinny-dip

2. swim (motion) be afloat either on or below a liquid surface and not sink to the bottom

ExamplesThese cars won't swim


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

Narrower (hyponym)buoy

Verb groupfloat, float

Antonymsgo under, go down, sink, settle

3. swim (stative) be dizzy or giddy

SamplesMy brain is swimming after the bottle of champagne.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

4. swim (stative) be covered with or submerged in a liquid

SamplesThe meat was swimming in a fatty gravy.


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)be

5. swim (motion) move as if gliding through water

SamplesThis snake swims through the soil where it lives.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

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