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SWALLOW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does swallow mean? 

SWALLOW (noun)
  The noun SWALLOW has 3 senses:

1. a small amount of liquid food
2. the act of swallowing
3. small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations

  Familiarity information: SWALLOW used as a noun is uncommon.


SWALLOW (verb)
  The verb SWALLOW has 8 senses:

1. pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking
2. engulf and destroy
3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
4. utter indistinctly
5. take back what one has said
6. keep from expressing
7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to
8. believe or accept without questioning or challenge

  Familiarity information: SWALLOW used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SWALLOW (noun)


Sense 1swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A small amount of liquid food

Classified under:

Nouns denoting foods and drinks

Synonyms:

sup; swallow

Context example:

a sup of ale

Hypernyms ("swallow" is a kind of...):

mouthful; taste (a small amount eaten or drunk)


Sense 2swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of swallowing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

deglutition; swallow; drink

Context examples:

one swallow of the liquid was enough / he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips

Hypernyms ("swallow" is a kind of...):

consumption; ingestion; intake; uptake (the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swallow"):

aerophagia (swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence))

draft; draught; gulp; swig (a large and hurried swallow)

sip (a small drink)


Sense 3swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("swallow" is a kind of...):

oscine; oscine bird (passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "swallow"):

barn swallow; chimney swallow; Hirundo rustica (common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc.)

cliff swallow; Hirundo pyrrhonota (North American swallow that lives in colonies and builds bottle-shaped mud nests on cliffs and walls)

Hirundo nigricans; tree martin; tree swallow (of Australia and Polynesia; nests in tree cavities)

Iridoprocne bicolor; tree swallow; white-bellied swallow (bluish-green-and-white North American swallow; nests in tree cavities)

martin (any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas)


SWALLOW (verb)


Sense 1swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Synonyms:

swallow; get down

Context example:

Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

consume; have; ingest; take; take in (serve oneself to, or consume regularly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "swallow"):

bolt (swallow hastily)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something

Sentence example:

They swallow more bread


Sense 2swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Engulf and destroy

Classified under:

Verbs of fighting, athletic activities

Context example:

The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

demolish; destroy (defeat soundly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

swallow up; eat up; immerse; swallow; bury

Context example:

The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

close in; enclose; inclose; shut in (surround completely)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 4swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Utter indistinctly

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Context example:

She swallowed the last words of her speech

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

mouth; speak; talk; utter; verbalise; verbalize (express in speech)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Take back what one has said

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

unsay; withdraw; take back; swallow

Context example:

He swallowed his words

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

renounce; repudiate (cast off or disown)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 6swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Keep from expressing

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

I swallowed my anger and kept quiet

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

repress; suppress (put out of one's consciousness)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 7swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tolerate or accommodate oneself to

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

live with; accept; swallow

Context examples:

I shall have to accept these unpleasant working conditions / I swallowed the insult / She has learned to live with her husband's little idiosyncrasies

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

abide; bear; brook; digest; endure; put up; stand; stick out; stomach; suffer; support; tolerate (put up with something or somebody unpleasant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 8swallow [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Believe or accept without questioning or challenge

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Context example:

Am I supposed to swallow that story?

Hypernyms (to "swallow" is one way to...):

believe (accept as true; take to be true)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE


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