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verb     gulp pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegulping
past tensegulped
past participlegulped
  1. 1



    gulp down

    [transitive] to swallow food or drink quickly in a way that shows you are very hungry
  2. 2



    gulp in

    [intransitive/transitive] to quickly take in large breaths of air

    He lay on the river bank, gulping air into his lungs.

    gulp for air/breath:

    She suffers from asthma attacks that leave her gulping for breath.

  3. 3
    [intransitive]Sound effect to make a noise as you swallow air because you are surprised, excited, or afraid
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