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      vb   mainly tr  
1    to pass (food, drink, etc.) through the mouth to the stomach by means of the muscular action of the oesophagus  
2    often foll by: up   to engulf or destroy as if by ingestion  
Nazi Germany swallowed up several small countries     
3    Informal   to believe gullibly  
he will never swallow such an excuse     
4    to refrain from uttering or manifesting  
to swallow one's disappointment     
5    to endure without retaliation  
6    to enunciate (words, etc.) indistinctly; mutter  
7    often foll by: down   to eat or drink reluctantly  
8    intr   to perform or simulate the act of swallowing, as in gulping  
9    swallow one's words   to retract a statement, argument, etc., often in humiliating circumstances  
10    the act of swallowing  
11    the amount swallowed at any single time; mouthful  
12      (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  
13    Rare      another word for       throat       gullet  
14    Rare   a capacity for swallowing; appetite  
     (Old English swelgan; related to Old Norse svelga, Old High German swelgan to swallow, Swedish svalg gullet)  
  swallowable      adj  
  swallower      n  
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swallow          [2]  
1    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 adj       hirundine  
2       See       fairy swallow  
     (Old English swealwe; related to Old Frisian swale, Old Norse svala, Old High German swalwa)  
  swallow-like      adj  

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1    absorb, consume, devour, down     (informal)   drink, eat, gulp, ingest, swig     (informal)   swill, wash down  
2      (often with)       up   absorb, assimilate, consume, engulf, envelop, overrun, overwhelm, use up, waste  
3    choke back, hold in, repress  
4      (informal)   accept, believe, buy     (slang)   fall for, take (something) as gospel  

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