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"swallow" in British English

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swallowverb

uk   /ˈswɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈswɑː.loʊ/
  • swallow verb (THROAT)

B2 [I or T] to ​causefood, ​drink, ​pills, etc. to ​move from ​yourmouth into ​yourstomach by using the ​muscles of ​yourthroat: 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 ​yourthroat, as if ​moving something from ​yourmouth into ​yourstomach, because you are ​nervous or ​frightened, or are about to say something: He swallowed hard and said, "Dad, I have 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 ​stopexistingseparately by making it ​part of itself: An ​increasingamount of the ​countryside is being swallowed (up) by the ​town. Many ​smallbusinesses have been swallowed (up) by ​largecompanies. [T] to use or take away a ​largepart of something ​valuable: Taxes have swallowed up ​nearlyhalf of my ​payincrease.

swallownoun [C]

uk   /ˈswɒl.əʊ/  us   /ˈswɑː.loʊ/
(Definition of swallow from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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swallowverb

 us   /ˈswɑl·oʊ/
  • swallow verb (MOVE FOOD)

[I/T] to ​forcefood or ​liquid in ​yourmouth to move into ​yourstomach by use of the ​muscles of ​yourthroat: [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 ​expressingdisagreement: 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.

swallownoun [C]

 us   /ˈswɑl·oʊ/
  • swallow noun [C] (BIRD)

any of ​varioustypes of ​smallbird with ​pointedwings and a ​tailshaped like a ​fork, which ​fliesquickly, ​catchinginsects
  • swallow noun [C] (MOVING FOOD)

the ​act of ​forcingfood or ​liquid in ​yourmouth to move into ​yourstomach, or an ​amount taken into ​yourstomach at one ​time : He said he only ​wanted one swallow of ​milk – but it was a ​big one!
(Definition of swallow from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"swallow" in Business English

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swallowverb [T]

uk   us   /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 ​luxurybrand swallowed over $3 ​billion in its first ten ​years of being taken over. High ​housepricesmean 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 ​foreigncompetitors.
informal to ​accept something without doubting or ​questioning it: The MP ​expensesscandal revealed ​abuses that the ​taxpayer could not swallow.
(Definition of swallow from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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