Associations to the word «Swallow»

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SWALLOW, verb. (transitive) To cause (food, drink etc.) to pass from the mouth into the stomach; to take into the stomach through the throat. [from 11th c.]
SWALLOW, verb. (transitive) To take (something) in so that it disappears; to consume, absorb. [from 13th c.]
SWALLOW, verb. (intransitive) To take food down into the stomach; to make the muscular contractions of the oesophagus to achieve this, often taken as a sign of nervousness or strong emotion. [from 18th c.]
SWALLOW, verb. (transitive) To accept easily or without questions; to believe, accept. [from 16th c.]
SWALLOW, verb. To engross; to appropriate; usually with up.
SWALLOW, verb. To retract; to recant.
SWALLOW, verb. To put up with; to bear patiently or without retaliation.
SWALLOW, noun. (archaic) A deep chasm or abyss in the earth.
SWALLOW, noun. The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing.
SWALLOW, noun. A small, migratory bird of the Hirundinidae family with long, pointed, moon-shaped wings and a forked tail which feeds on the wing by catching insects.
SWALLOW, noun. (nautical) The aperture in a block through which the rope reeves.
SWALLOW DIVE, noun. A swan dive
SWALLOW HOLE, noun. (British) A sinkhole; A shakehole
SWALLOW HOLES, noun. Plural of swallow hole
SWALLOW ONE'S PRIDE, verb. (idiomatic) To set aside one's feelings of pride and adopt a more humble or appropriate stance.
SWALLOW TANAGER, noun. Tersina viridis, a tanager found widely throughout South America.
SWALLOW UP, verb. To completely enclose or envelop

Dictionary definition

SWALLOW, noun. A small amount of liquid food; "a sup of ale".
SWALLOW, noun. The act of swallowing; "one swallow of the liquid was enough"; "he took a drink of his beer and smacked his lips".
SWALLOW, noun. Small long-winged songbird noted for swift graceful flight and the regularity of its migrations.
SWALLOW, verb. Pass through the esophagus as part of eating or drinking; "Swallow the raw fish--it won't kill you!".
SWALLOW, verb. Engulf and destroy; "The Nazis swallowed the Baltic countries".
SWALLOW, verb. Enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing; "The huge waves swallowed the small boat and it sank shortly thereafter".
SWALLOW, verb. Utter indistinctly; "She swallowed the last words of her speech".
SWALLOW, verb. Take back what one has said; "He swallowed his words".
SWALLOW, verb. Keep from expressing; "I swallowed my anger and kept quiet".
SWALLOW, verb. 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".
SWALLOW, verb. Believe or accept without questioning or challenge; "Am I supposed to swallow that story?".

Wise words

We cannot always control our thoughts, but we can control our words, and repetition impresses the subconscious, and we are then master of the situation.
Florence Scovel Shinn