swallowswal‧low1 /ˈswɒləʊ $ ˈswɑːloʊ/ ●●○ verb 🔊 🔊 1food [intransitive, transitive]DFEAT to make food or drink go down your throat and towards your stomach 🔊 He swallowed the last of his coffee and asked for the bill. 🔊 Most snakes swallow their prey whole.2nervously [intransitive]NERVOUS to make some of the liquid in your mouth go down your throat because you are frightened or nervous 🔊 Leo swallowed hard and walked into the room. 🔊 She swallowed nervously before beginning.3believe/accept [transitive] informalBELIEVE to believe a story, explanation etc that is not actually true 🔊 Do they really think we are stupid enough to swallow that? 🔊 I found his story a bit hard to swallow (=difficult to believe).► see thesaurus at believe4feelings [transitive]HIDE/NOT SHOW to stop yourself from showing a feeling, especially anger 🔊 She swallowed her anger and turned to face him.5 →swallow your pride → a bitter pill (to swallow)at bitter1(7) →swallow somebody/something ↔ up→ See Verb table
swallowswallow2 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1HBBa small black and white bird that comes to northern countries in the summer2DFEATan action in which you make food or drink go down your throat 🔊 He downed his whisky in one swallow.
Examples from the Corpus
swallow• Now, with a swish and a swallow, you, too, are sent on your way.• Elizabeth ducked her chin to take a swallow of coffee.• An early swallowhawked for flies, close over the bright water.• He took three large swallows and passed the bottle to his wife.• The other picked up his drink and took a long swallow, watching her over the rim of the tankard.• Glen took a long swallow of his drink.• There were two swallowsnestingabove our front door.From Longman Business Dictionaryswallowswal‧low /ˈswɒləʊˈswɑːloʊ/ verb [transitive]1to accept something unpleasantCar dealers are sceptical that customers willswallow theprice increases.2if an activity swallows a lot of time or money, it takes that length of time or uses that amount of moneyDevelopment of the new model’s engine will have swallowed at least six years and an estimated 6 billion kronor.3 (also swallow up) if one organization or company swallows another, it takes control of itSony swallowed two U.S. entertainment giants.Interstate-banking regulations were changed, which led to hundreds of smaller banks being swallowed up.→ See Verb table