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English definition of “swallow”

swallow

verb [T]     /ˈswɒləʊ/
(also swallow up) if an activity or process swallows or swallows up a lot of resources , it uses a lot of time , money , or people : The luxury brand swallowed over $3 billion in its first ten years of being taken over. High house prices mean that a much larger percentage of a family's income is now being swallowed up by the mortgage .
FINANCE if a company swallows or swallows up a smaller one, it buys it and makes it part of its own business : The small family firm was at risk of getting swallowed up by foreign competitors .
informal to accept something without doubting or questioning it: The MP expenses scandal revealed abuses that the taxpayer could not swallow.
(Definition of swallow verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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