swallow - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb 

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/ˈswɒləʊ/
present tense
I/you/we/theyswallow
he/she/itswallows
present participleswallowing
past tenseswallowed
past participleswallowed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive]

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    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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