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English noun: swallow

1. swallow (food) a small amount of liquid food


SamplesA sup of ale.


Synonymssup


Broader (hypernym)mouthful, taste

2. swallow (act) the act of swallowing


SamplesOne swallow of the liquid was enough.
He took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips.


Synonymsdeglutition, drink


Broader (hypernym)consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake


Narrower (hyponym)aerophagia, draft, draught, gulp, sip, swig

3. swallow (animal) small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations


Broader (hypernym)oscine, oscine bird


Narrower (hyponym)barn swallow, chimney swallow, cliff swallow, Hirundo nigricans, Hirundo pyrrhonota, Hirundo rustica, Iridoprocne bicolor, martin, tree martin, tree swallow, tree swallow, white-bellied swallow


English verb: swallow

1. swallow (consumption) pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking


SamplesSwallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!.


ExamplesThey swallow more bread


Synonymsget down


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)consume, have, ingest, take, take in


Narrower (hyponym)bolt

2. swallow (competition) engulf and destroy


SamplesThe Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)demolish, destroy

3. swallow (contact) enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing


SamplesThe huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter.


Synonymsbury, eat up, immerse, swallow up


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)close in, enclose, inclose, shut in

4. swallow (communication) utter indistinctly


SamplesShe swallowed the last words of her speech.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

5. swallow (communication) take back what one has said


SamplesHe swallowed his words.


Synonymstake back, unsay, withdraw


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disown, renounce, repudiate

6. swallow (cognition) keep from expressing


SamplesI swallowed my anger and kept quiet.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)repress, suppress

7. swallow (cognition) tolerate or accommodate oneself to


SamplesI shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions.
I swallowed the insult.
She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies.


Synonymsaccept, live with


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

8. swallow (cognition) believe or accept without questioning or challenge


SamplesAm I supposed to swallow that story?.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


Broader (hypernym)believe









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