Meaning of “swallow” - Learner’s Dictionary

swallow

verb uk us /ˈswɒləʊ/
FOOD OR DRINK [ T ]

B2 to move your throat in order to make food or drink go down:

These tablets are too big to swallow.
The snake swallowed the bird whole.
THROAT [ I ]

to make a movement with your throat as if you are eating, sometimes because you are nervous:

It hurts when I swallow.
Claire swallowed hard, opened the door and stepped inside.
ACCEPT [ T ]

to accept something unpleasant:

They found the final decision hard to swallow.
BELIEVE [ T ] informal

to believe something, usually something that is not true:

I told him we were journalists and he seemed to swallow it.
→ See also swallow your pride

(Definition of “swallow verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)