"swallow" in the noun sense
1. swallow, sup
a small amount of liquid food
"a sup of ale"
2. swallow, drink, deglutition
the act of swallowing
"one swallow of the liquid was enough"
"he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips"
small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations
"swallow" in the verb sense
1. swallow, get down
pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
"Swallow the raw fish
engulf and destroy
"The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries"
3. immerse, swallow, swallow up, bury, eat up
enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
"The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter"
"She swallowed the last words of her speech"
5. swallow, take back, unsay, withdraw
take back what one has said
"He swallowed his words"
keep from expressing
"I swallowed my anger and kept quiet"
7. accept, live with, swallow
tolerate or accommodate oneself to
"I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions"
"I swallowed the insult"
"She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies"
believe or accept without questioning or challenge
"Am I supposed to swallow that story?"
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