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swallow

verb  /ˈswɑl·oʊ/ us  

swallow verb (MOVE FOOD)

[I/T] to force food or liquid in your mouth to move into your stomach by use of the muscles of your throat: [I] My throat is so sore that it really hurts when I swallow.

swallow verb (ACCEPT)

[T] infml to accept something without question or without expressing disagreement: Not surprisingly, this excuse was too much for them to swallow.

swallow verb (NOT EXPRESS)

[T] not to express or show feelings or emotions: I swallowed my anger and tried to be friendly.

swallow

noun [C]  /ˈswɑl·oʊ/ us  

swallow noun [C] (BIRD)

any of various types of small bird with pointed wings and a tail shaped like a fork, which flies quickly, catching insects

swallow noun [C] (MOVING FOOD)

the act of forcing food or liquid in your mouth to move into your stomach, or an amount taken into your stomach at one time : He said he only wanted one swallow of milk – but it was a big one!
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