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swallow

verb uk   /ˈswɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈswɑː.loʊ/

swallow verb (THROAT)

B2 [I or T] to cause food, drink, pills, etc. to move from your mouth into your stomach by using the muscles of your throat: My throat is so sore that it really hurts when I swallow. He put a grape into his mouth and swallowed it whole. [I] to use the muscles of your throat, as if moving something from your mouth into your stomach, because you are nervous or frightened, or are about to say something: He swallowed hard and said, "Dad, I've got something to tell you."
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swallow verb (TAKE AWAY)

[T] If something large swallows (up) another thing, it makes it disappear or stop existing separately by making it part of itself: An increasing amount of the countryside is being swallowed (up) by the town. Many small businesses have been swallowed (up) by large companies. [T] to use or take away a large part of something valuable: Taxes have swallowed up nearly half of my pay increase.

swallow verb (ACCEPT)

C2 [T] informal to accept something without question or without expressing disagreement: Not surprisingly, this excuse was too much for them to swallow. He swallowed her story whole. She swallowed his sales pitch hook, line, and sinker (= believed it completely).

swallow verb (NOT EXPRESS)

C2 [T] to not express or show something: She swallowed her disappointment, saying, "That's OK, it doesn't matter."

swallow

noun [C] uk   /ˈswɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈswɑː.loʊ/

swallow noun [C] (THROAT)

an act of using the muscles of your throat, or the amount of something you move into your stomach from your mouth by using the muscles of your throat: He gave a swallow, then began speaking.

swallow noun [C] (BIRD)

a small bird with pointed wings and a tail with two points, which flies quickly and catches insects to eat as it flies
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