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swallow up

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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
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.

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