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Definition of "swallow" []

  • To cause (food or drink, for example) to pass through the mouth and throat into the stomach. (verb-transitive)
  • To put up with (something unpleasant): swallowed the insults and kept on working. (verb-transitive)
  • To refrain from expressing; suppress: swallow one's feelings. (verb-transitive)
  • To consume or destroy as if by ingestion; devour: a building that was swallowed up by fire. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To believe without question: swallowed the alibi. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "swallow" in a sentence
  • "The silver lining of the spring made its words much easier to catch when it said anything -- for I should tell you that for the most part now it did not speak, or not in any language that I could understand, but rather sang -- and it now said, "_Swallow swallow, drink, swallow_.""
  • "Mind you the title swallow diluted the fun of the ad-Breakfast would have done."
  • "The approach here being that the biggest pill we have to swallow is the concept itself – a town plagued with zombie-like lunatics."