(noun, verb)


1. a small amount of liquid food

Similar word(s): sup

Definition categories: food, mouthful, taste

2. the act of swallowing

- one swallow of the liquid was enough

Similar word(s): deglutition, drink

Definition categories: act, consumption, ingestion, intake, uptake

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

Definition categories: animal, oscine

Sentences with swallow as a noun:

- He took the aspirin with a single swallow of water.


1. pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking

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

Definition categories: consumption

2. engulf and destroy

- The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries

Definition categories: competition, demolish, destroy

3. enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing

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

Similar word(s): bury, immerse

Definition categories: contact, enclose, inclose

4. utter indistinctly

- She swallowed the last words of her speech

Definition categories: communication, mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

5. take back what one has said

- He swallowed his words

Similar word(s): unsay, withdraw

Definition categories: communication, disown, renounce, repudiate

6. keep from expressing

- I swallowed my anger and kept quiet

Definition categories: cognition, keep, restrain

7. tolerate or accommodate oneself to

- I swallowed the insult

Similar word(s): accept

Definition categories: cognition, abide, bear, brook, digest, endure, stand, stomach, suffer, support, tolerate

8. believe or accept without questioning or challenge

- Am I supposed to swallow that story?

Definition categories: cognition, believe

Sentences with swallow as a verb:

- My throat was so sore that I was unable to swallow.

- to swallow one's opinions

- to swallow an affront or insult