swallow

noun (1)
swal·​low | \ˈswä-(ˌ)lō \

Definition of swallow 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of numerous small widely distributed oscine birds (family Hirundinidae, the swallow family) that have a short bill, long pointed wings, and often a deeply forked tail and that feed on insects caught on the wing

2 : any of several birds that superficially resemble swallows

swallow

verb
swallowed; swallowing; swallows

Definition of swallow (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to take through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach

2 : to envelop or take in as if by swallowing : absorb swallow the financial loss watch night swallow the valley

3 : to accept without question, protest, or resentment swallow an insult a hard story to swallow

4 : take back, retract had to swallow my words

5 : to keep from expressing or showing : repress swallowed my anger

6 : to utter (words) indistinctly

intransitive verb

1 : to receive something into the body through the mouth and esophagus

2 : to perform the action characteristic of swallowing something especially under emotional stress

swallow

noun (2)

Definition of swallow (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : the passage connecting the mouth to the stomach

2 : a capacity for swallowing

3a : an act of swallowing

b : an amount that can be swallowed at one time

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Noun (1)

swallow 1

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Other Words from swallow

Verb

swallowable \ ˈswä-​lō-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
swallower \ ˈswä-​lə-​wər \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for swallow

Synonyms: Verb

accept, believe, buy, credit, take, trust

Antonyms: Verb

disbelieve, discredit, reject

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Examples of swallow in a Sentence

Verb

He swallowed the grape whole. Chew your food well before you swallow. The boss said, “Come in.” I swallowed hard and walked in. Her story is pretty hard to swallow. I can usually take criticism, but this is more than I can swallow.
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First Known Use of swallow

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for swallow

Noun (1)

Middle English swalowe, from Old English swealwe; akin to Old High German swalawa swallow

Verb

Middle English swalowen, from Old English swelgan; akin to Old High German swelgan to swallow

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The first known use of swallow was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for swallow

swallow

verb

English Language Learners Definition of swallow

: to take (something) into your stomach through your mouth and throat

: to move the muscles in your throat as if you are swallowing something often because you are nervous

: to flow over and cover (something) completely

swallow

noun
swal·​low | \ˈswä-lō \

Kids Definition of swallow

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a small bird that has long wings and a forked tail and feeds on insects caught while in flight

swallow

verb
swallowed; swallowing

Kids Definition of swallow (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to take into the stomach through the mouth and throat Chew your food well before you swallow.

2 : to perform the actions used in swallowing something Clear your throat and swallow before answering.

3 : to completely surround : engulf Now she was half swallowed by the darkness of the barn door.— Richard Peck, A Year Down Yonder

4 : to accept or believe without question You swallow every story you hear.

5 : to keep from expressing or showing : repress I swallowed my pride and asked for help.

swallow

noun

Kids Definition of swallow (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an act of taking something into the stomach through the mouth and throat : an act of swallowing He ate the cupcake in one swallow.

2 : an amount that can be swallowed at one time She took a swallow of water.

swallow

transitive verb
swal·​low | \ˈswäl-(ˌ)ō \

Medical Definition of swallow 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to take through the mouth and esophagus into the stomach

intransitive verb

: to receive something into the body through the mouth and esophagus

swallow

noun

Medical Definition of swallow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act of swallowing

2 : an amount that can be swallowed at one time

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