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Meaning & Definition of Swallow in English

English

Swallow

/swɑloʊ/

noun

1. A small amount of liquid food

  • "A sup of ale"
    synonym:
  • swallow
  • ,
  • sup

2. The act of swallowing

  • "One swallow of the liquid was enough"
  • "He took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
    synonym:
  • swallow
  • ,
  • drink
  • ,
  • deglutition

3. Small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations

    synonym:
  • swallow

verb

1. Pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

  • "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!"
    synonym:
  • swallow
  • ,
  • get down

2. Engulf and destroy

  • "The nazis swallowed the baltic countries"
    synonym:
  • swallow

3. Enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

  • "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
    synonym:
  • immerse
  • ,
  • swallow
  • ,
  • swallow up
  • ,
  • bury
  • ,
  • eat up

4. Utter indistinctly

  • "She swallowed the last words of her speech"
    synonym:
  • swallow

5. Take back what one has said

  • "He swallowed his words"
    synonym:
  • swallow
  • ,
  • take back
  • ,
  • unsay
  • ,
  • withdraw

6. Keep from expressing

  • "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
    synonym:
  • swallow

7. Tolerate or accommodate oneself to

  • "I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"
  • "I swallowed the insult"
  • "She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
    synonym:
  • accept
  • ,
  • live with
  • ,
  • swallow

8. Believe or accept without questioning or challenge

  • "Am i supposed to swallow that story?"
    synonym:
  • swallow

Examples of using

Be careful not to swallow the pit.
One swallow doesn't make a spring.
One swallow does not a spring make.