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verb gulp pronunciation in American English /ɡʌlp/
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present tense
I/you/we/theygulp
he/she/itgulps
present participlegulping
past tensegulped
past participlegulped
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  1. 1

    gulp

    or

    gulp down

    [transitive] to swallow food or drink quickly in a way that shows you are very hungry
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to make a noise as you swallow air because you are surprised, excited, or afraid
  3. 3

    gulp

    or

    gulp in

    [intransitive/transitive] to quickly take in large breaths of air

    He lay on the river bank, gulping air into his lungs.

    gulp for air/breath:

    She suffers from asthma attacks that leave her gulping for breath.

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