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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 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 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 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.

swallownoun [C]

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

"swallow" in American English

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swallowverb

 us   /ˈswɑl·oʊ/
  • 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.

swallownoun [C]

 us   /ˈswɑl·oʊ/
  • 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!
(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 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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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