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verb swallow pronunciation in British English /ˈswɒləʊ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleswallowing
past tenseswallowed
past participleswallowed
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make food or drink go from your mouth down through your throat and into your stomach

    She quickly swallowed the rest of her coffee.

    I had a sore throat and it hurt to swallow.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to make a movement in your throat as if you are swallowing food
  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to believe something that is unlikely to be true

    I found the film’s ending a bit hard to swallow.

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to fall over forwards so that your face hits the ground or another surface

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