Meaning of “swallow” in the English Dictionary

"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 /ˈswɒləʊ/ us

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)