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swal·low 1

v. swal·lowed, swal·low·ing, swal·lows
1. To cause (food or drink, for example) to pass through the mouth and throat into the stomach.
2. To put up with (something unpleasant): swallowed the insults and kept on working.
3. To refrain from expressing; suppress: swallow one's feelings.
4. To envelop or engulf: a building that was swallowed up by fire.
5. To consume or use up: relief money that was swallowed by administrative costs.
6. Slang To believe without question: swallowed the alibi.
7. To take back; retract: swallow one's words.
8. To say inarticulately; mumble: The actor swallowed his lines.
To perform the act of swallowing.
1. The act of swallowing.
2. An amount swallowed.
3. Nautical The channel through which a rope runs in a block or a mooring chock.

[Middle English swalowen, from Old English swelgan; see swel- in Indo-European roots.]

swal′low·er n.

swal·low 2

1. Any of various small graceful swift-flying passerine birds of the family Hirundinidae, having long pointed wings, a usually notched or forked tail, and a large mouth for catching flying insects.
2. Any of various similar birds, such as a swift.

[Middle English swalowe, from Old English swealwe.]


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