Definition of swarm verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    swarm

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    verb
    BrE BrE//swɔːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrm//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they swarm
    BrE BrE//swɔːm//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrm//
     
    he / she / it swarms
    BrE BrE//swɔːmz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrmz//
     
    past simple swarmed
    BrE BrE//swɔːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrmd//
     
    past participle swarmed
    BrE BrE//swɔːmd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swɔːrmd//
     
    -ing form swarming
    BrE BrE//ˈswɔːmɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswɔːrmɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] + adv./prep. (often disapproving) (of people, animals, etc.) to move around in a large group Tourists were swarming all over the island.
  2. 2(of bees and other flying insects) to move around together in a large group, looking for a place to live
  3. Word Origin Old English swearm (noun), of Germanic origin; related to German Schwarm, probably also to the base of Sanskrit svarati ‘it sounds’.Extra examples Police swarmed into the building. Schoolchildren were swarming all over the museum. The museum was swarming with schoolchildren. There are tourists swarming all over the island at this time of year. Phrasal Verbsswarm with somebody
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