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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyswallow up
he/she/itswallows up
present participleswallowing up
past tenseswallowed up
past participleswallowed up
  1. 1
    to take control of a smaller company or country
    The company was swallowed up in a corporate merger.
  2. 2
    to use a lot of something such as money, time, or effort
    Campaigning swallows up a lot of time without guaranteeing success.
  3. 3
    to destroy something completely, or to make it disappear
    The whole building was swallowed up by the flames.
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