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English definition of “swallow”

swallow

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