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verb swill pronunciation in American English /swɪl/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyswill
he/she/itswills
present participleswilling
past tenseswilled
past participleswilled

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  1. 1
    [transitive] to drink a large amount of something, especially alcohol, in an enthusiastic way
    They sat around the table swilling beer.
  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] if a liquid swills inside a container or area, or you swill it there, it moves around
    swill something around: Cathy swilled the brandy around in her glass.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to pour water over something in order to clean it
    swill something out/down: She swilled the pan out in the sink.

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