Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “swallow”

swallow

verb
 
 
/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.Biting, chewing and swallowingEating
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.Biting, chewing and swallowingEating
ACCEPT [T] to accept something unpleasant: They found the final decision hard to swallow.Accepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval
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 prideBelieving
(Definition of swallow verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “swallow” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

see the light of day

When something sees the light of day, it appears for the first time.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More