to make food, drink, etc. go down your throat into your stomach
Always chew food well before swallowing it.
The pills should be swallowed whole.
I had a sore throat and it hurt to swallow.
move throat muscles
to move the muscles of your throat as if you were swallowing sth, especially because you are nervous
She swallowed hard and told him the bad news.
to take sb/sth in or completely cover it so that they cannot be seen or no longer exist separately
I watched her walk down the road until she was swallowed by the darkness.
Large areas of countryside have been swallowed up by towns.
use up money
to use up sth completely, especially an amount of money
Most of my salary gets swallowed (up) by the rent and bills.
to accept that sth is true; to believe sth
I found her excuse very hard to swallow .
He told her a pack of lies, but she swallowed it whole .
to hide your feelings
to swallow your doubts
You're going to have to swallow your pride and ask for your job back.
to accept insults, criticisms, etc. without complaining or protesting
I was surprised that he just sat there and swallowed all their remarks.
a fact or an event that is unpleasant and difficult to accept
a small bird with long pointed wings and a tail with two points, that spends the winter in Africa but flies to northern countries for the summer
an act of swallowing; an amount of food or drink that is swallowed at one time
you must not take too seriously a small sign that sth is happening or will happen in the future, because the situation could change