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. (avanzar en el agua) 
a. to swim 
2. (flotar) 
a. to float 
no sé nadarI can't swim
nadar contra corrienteto go against the tide
3. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
nadan en deudasthey're up to their necks in debt
4. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
nadar entre dos aguasto sit on the fence
5. (fig) 
a. no direct translation 
nadar en la abundanciato 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
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