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English definition of “swallow”

swallow

verb (THROAT)    /ˈswɒl.əʊ/ US  /ˈswɑː.loʊ/
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
(Definition of swallow verb (THROAT) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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