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English noun: swallow

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

SamplesA sup of ale.


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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