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  1. swal·low
    IPA[ˈswälō]
  2. verb

    • 1. cause or allow (something, especially food or drink) to pass down the throat:

      she swallowed a mouthful slowly
      Synonym : eat, gulp down, consume, devour, eat up, put away, gobble (up), bolt (down), wolf down, stuff down, gorge oneself on, feast on, polish off, ingest, assimilate, scoff, get outside of, drink, gulp down, guzzle, quaff, imbibe, sup, slurp, suck, sip, swig, swill down, slug, down, toss off, neck, chug
    • 2. perform the muscular movement of the esophagus required to do this, especially through fear or nervousness:

      she swallowed hard, sniffing back her tears
    • 3. put up with or meekly accept (something insulting or unwelcome):

      he seemed ready to swallow any insult
      Synonym : tolerate, endure, stand, put up with, bear, suffer, abide, submit to, countenance, stomach, brook, take, accept, stick, hack, wear
    • 4. believe unquestioningly (a lie or unlikely assertion):

      she had swallowed his story hook, line, and sinker
      Synonym : believe, credit, accept, trust, put confidence in, give credit to, have faith in, fall for, buy, go for, swallow something hook, line, and sinker, take as gospel
    • 5. resist expressing (a feeling) or uttering (words):

      he swallowed his pride
      Synonym : restrain, repress, hold back, choke back, keep back, hold in, bite back, suppress, fight back, overcome, check, conquer, control, keep under control, keep in check, curb, rein in, contain, silence, muffle, stifle, smother, strangle, gag, hide, bottle up, inhibit, frustrate, bite one's lip, keep the lid on, button up, cork up
    • 6. take in and cause to disappear; engulf:

      the dark mist swallowed her up
    • 7. completely use up (money or resources):

      debts swallowed up most of the money he had gotten for the house

    noun

    • 1. an act of swallowing something, especially food or drink:

      he downed his drink in one swallow
    • 2. an amount of something swallowed in one action:

      he said he'd like just a swallow of pie
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: swallow, plural noun: swallows

    • v.: verb: swallow, 3rd person present: swallows, gerund or present participle: swallowing, past tense: swallowed, past participle: swallowed

    • noun

      a migratory swift-flying songbird with a forked tail and long pointed wings, feeding on insects in flight.
    • verb

      cause or allow (something, especially food or drink) to pass down the throat:

      perform the muscular movement of the oesophagus required to do this, especially through fear or nervousness:

    • noun

      an act of swallowing something, especially food or drink:

      an amount of something swallowed in one action:

    • noun

      a migratory swift-flying songbird with a forked tail and long pointed wings, feeding on insects in flight.
    • noun

      a North American swallow that nests in trees.
    • noun

      a dive performed with one's arms outspread until close to the water; a swan dive.
    • noun

      another term for sand martin
    • noun

      a dive performed with one's arms outspread until close to the water.
    • verb

      perform a swallow dive.
    • noun

      a plant of the milkweed family, the follicles of which suggest a swallow with outstretched wings, often becoming a weed.

      the greater celandine, formerly believed to be used by swallows to restore their sight.

    • noun

      another term for sinkhole
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