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intransitive verb
1. (to move through water)
a. to swim
Puedo nadar pero nunca aprendí clavar. I can swim but I never learned to dive.
Me encanta nadar en mar abierto.I love to swim in open water.
intransitive verb
1. to swim (avanzar en el agua); to float (flotar)
  • no sé nadar I can't swim
  • nadar contra corriente to go against the tide
  • nadan en deudas (figurative) they're up to their necks in debt
  • nadar entre dos aguas (figurative) to sit on the fence
  • nadar en la abundancia (figurative) to be living in the lap of luxury
intransitive verb
1 (gen) to swim; (flotar) to float; (And) (bañarse) to take a bath
¿no sabes nadar? can't you swim?; nadar a braza to do (the) breaststroke; swim breaststroke; nadar a crol to do the crawl; swim crawl; nadar a espalda to do backstroke; swim backstroke; nadar a mariposa to do (the) butterfly; swim butterfly
nadar contra corriente to go against the tide
nadar en la abundancia to be rolling in it (familiar); be rolling in money (familiar)
querer nadar y guardar la ropa to want to have it both ways; want to have one's cake and eat it
2 (en prenda, zapatos)
en estos pantalones va nadando these trousers are much too big for him; he's lost inside these trousers
Verb Conjugations for nadar
Gerund: nadando
Participle: nadado
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