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English definition of “gulp”

gulp

verb     /ɡʌlp/
[I or T] to eat or drink food or liquid quickly by swallowing it in large amounts , or to make a swallowing movement because of fear , surprise , or excitement : She gulped down her drink and made a hasty exit . When it was his turn to dive , he gulped and stepped up onto the diving board .EatingBiting, chewing and swallowingDrinking [T] to breathe in a large amount of air very quickly Breathing and stopping breathing
(Definition of gulp verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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