swallow 1 [ swol-oh ] SHOW IPA / ˈswɒl oʊ / PHONETIC RESPELLING verb (used with object) to take into the stomach by drawing through the throat and esophagus with a voluntary muscular action, as food, drink, or other substances. to take in so as to envelop; withdraw from sight; assimilate or absorb: He was swallowed by the crowd. to accept without question or suspicion. to accept without opposition; put up with: to swallow an insult. to accept for lack of an alternative: Consumers will have to swallow new price hikes. to suppress (emotion, a laugh, a sob, etc.) as if by drawing it down one's throat. to take back; retract: to swallow one's words. to enunciate poorly; mutter: He swallowed his words. SEE MORE SEE LESS verb (used without object) to perform the act of swallowing. noun the act or an instance of swallowing. a quantity swallowed at one time; a mouthful: Take one swallow of brandy. capacity for swallowing. Also called , crown . throat Nautical, Machinery. the space in a block, between the groove of the sheave and the shell, through which the rope runs. SEE MORE SEE LESS QUIZZES QUIZ YOURSELF ON AFFECT VS. EFFECT!
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Origin of swallow 1
before 1000; (v.) Middle English
cognate with German
akin to Old Norse
(noun) Middle English
throat, abyss, whirlpool, Old English
); akin to Middle Low German
Old High German
glutton, Old Norse
OTHER WORDS FROM swallow swal·low·a·ble, adjective swal·low·er, noun un·swal·low·a·ble, adjective un·swal·lowed, adjective Words nearby swallow swakara
swallow one's pride
swallow one's words swallow 2 [ swol-oh ] SHOW IPA / ˈswɒl oʊ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun any of numerous small, long-winged passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, noted for their swift, graceful flight and for the extent and regularity of their migrations. Compare bank swallow, barn swallow, martin. any of several unrelated, swallowlike birds, as the chimney swift. Origin of swallow 2
before 900; Middle English
swalwe,Old English swealwe; cognate with German Schwalbe,Old Norse svala
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Example sentences from the Web for swallow
This is a tedious process without a pot, but you can melt a few
swallows at a time in a piece of tinfoil, a can or bottle discarded by a sloppy hiker.
What was uncontestable — especially during a moment when most things felt like a tough
swallow — was that it was a movement that seemed to go down remarkably easily.
For Randy, a 50-year-old ex-Mormon gay man, this cure was a particularly bitter pill to
For the Times, which had won four Pulitzer Prizes in 2013, the Snowden slip-up was a bitter pill to
Even more difficult to
swallow: Perry likes to put his name in front of a lot of his projects.
It's a hard pill to
swallow not because the show isn't good.
Jordan is in an even more delicate position, and a country that ISIS would dearly like to
Hunger had to be satisfied, however, and I had to
swallow my pride and my five-pennyworth.
In smoking, they
swallow the fumes of the tobacco which causes intoxication for a time.
The birds that build them
swallow a certain kind of glutinous weed growing on the coral rocks.
Here was something for the "babes and sucklings" of the craft of violin making to
swallow that story o' her'n. Depend upon it, man, it be a big lie fro' beginning to end. verb (mainly tr) to pass (food, drink, etc) through the mouth to the stomach by means of the muscular action of the oesophagus ( often foll by up) to engulf or destroy as if by ingestion Nazi Germany swallowed up several small countries informal to believe gullibly he will never swallow such an excuse to refrain from uttering or manifesting to swallow one's disappointment to endure without retaliation to enunciate (words, etc) indistinctly; mutter ( often foll by down) to eat or drink reluctantly (intr) to perform or simulate the act of swallowing, as in gulping swallow one's words to retract a statement, argument, etc, often in humiliating circumstances SEE MORE SEE LESS noun the act of swallowing the amount swallowed at any single time; mouthful Also called: crown, throat nautical the opening between the shell and the groove of the sheave of a block, through which the rope is passed rare another word for throat, gullet rare a capacity for swallowing; appetite SEE MORE SEE LESS Derived forms of swallow swallowable, adjective swallower, noun Word Origin for swallow
swelgan; related to Old Norse svelga, Old High German swelgan to swallow, Swedish svalg gullet noun any passerine songbird of the family Hirundinidae, esp Hirundo rustica ( common or barn swallow), having long pointed wings, a forked tail, short legs, and a rapid flight Related adjective: hirundine Derived forms of swallow swallow-like, adjective Word Origin for swallow
swealwe; related to Old Frisian swale, Old Norse svala, Old High German swalwa
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v. To pass something, as food or drink, through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
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In addition to the idioms beginning with
swallow swallow one's pride swallow one's words
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