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swallow

verb 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.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowing [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've got something to tell you."EatingBiting, chewing and swallowing

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.Enclosing, surrounding and immersing [T] to use or take away a large part of something valuable: Taxes have swallowed up nearly half of my pay increase.Using and misusing

swallow verb (ACCEPT)

C2 [T] informal to accept something without question or without expressing disagreement: Not surprisingly, this excuse was too much for them to swallow. He swallowed her story whole. She swallowed his sales pitch hook, line, and sinker (= believed it completely).BelievingAccepting and agreeing reluctantlyAccepting and agreeingApproving and approval

swallow verb (NOT EXPRESS)

C2 [T] to not express or show something: She swallowed her disappointment, saying, "That's OK, it doesn't matter."Controlling emotionsCalm and relaxedNot showing or feeling emotions

swallow

noun [C] uk   /ˈswɒl.əʊ/ us    /ˈswɑː.loʊ/

swallow noun [C] (THROAT)

an act of using the muscles of your throat, or the amount of something you move into your stomach from your mouth by using the muscles of your throat: He gave a swallow, then began speaking.EatingBiting, chewing and swallowing

swallow noun [C] (BIRD)

a small bird with pointed wings and a tail with two points, which flies quickly and catches insects to eat as it fliesOther wild birdsBirds which live by or on inland waterBirds of prey
(Definition of swallow from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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