When you swallow food or liquid is pushed from your mouth to the esophagus. Chew your food well before you swallow it.

As a verb, swallow means “to enclose or envelop completely,” like quicksand that swallows everything that falls into it. Swallow can also mean “to stop from expressing,” like when you swallow your pride and ask for help. The noun swallow describes a gulp, though you don’t always do it for digestion; sometimes a few swallows of air help you keep from crying. A swallow is also a type of small songbird.

Definitions of swallow
  1. verb

    pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

    Swallow the raw fish–it won’t kill you!”
    get down
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    swallow hastily
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    consume, have, ingest, take, take in

    serve oneself to, or consume regularly

  2. noun

    the act of swallowing

    swallow of the liquid was enough”
    deglutition, drink
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    swallowing air (usually followed by belching and discomfort and flatulence)
    draft, draught, gulp, swig

    a large and hurried swallow

    a small drink
    type of:

    consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake

    the process of taking food into the body through the mouth (as by eating)

  3. noun

    a small amount of liquid food

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    type of:

    mouthful, taste

    a small amount eaten or drunk

  4. verb

    enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

    “The huge waves
    swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter”
    bury, eat up, immerse, swallow up
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    type of:

    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in

    surround completely

  5. verb

    engulf and destroy

    “The Nazis
    swallowed the Baltic countries”
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    type of:

    demolish, destroy

    defeat soundly

  6. verb

    keep from expressing

    swallowed my anger and kept quiet”
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    type of:

    repress, suppress

    put out of one’s consciousness

  7. verb

    take back what one has said

    swallowed his words”
    take back, unsay, withdraw

  8. verb

    utter indistinctly

    swallowed the last words of her speech”
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    type of:

    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

    express in speech

  9. verb

    believe or accept without questioning or challenge

    “Am I supposed to
    swallow that story?”
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    accept as true; take to be true

  10. verb

    tolerate or accommodate oneself to

    swallowed the insult”
    accept, live with
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    type of:

    abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, put up, stand, stick out, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

    put up with something or somebody unpleasant

  11. noun

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

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    Hirundo rustica, barn swallow, chimney swallow

    common swallow of North America and Europe that nests in barns etc.
    Hirundo pyrrhonota, cliff swallow

    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

    any of various swallows with squarish or slightly forked tail and long pointed wings; migrate around Martinmas
    Delichon urbica, house martin

    common small European martin that builds nests under the eaves of houses
    Riparia riparia, bank martin, bank swallow, sand martin

    swallow of the northern hemisphere that nests in tunnels dug in clay or sand banks
    Progne subis, purple martin

    large North American martin of which the male is blue-black
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    oscine, oscine bird

    passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus

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