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!”
    synonyms: get down
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    swallow hastily
    type of:
    consume, have, ingest, take, take in
    serve oneself to, or consume regularly
  2. noun
    the act of swallowing
    “one swallow of the liquid was enough”
    synonyms: 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
    synonyms: sup
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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”
    synonyms: 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
    “I 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
    “He swallowed his words”
    synonyms: take back, unsay, withdraw
  8. verb
    utter indistinctly
    “She 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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    type of:
    accept as true; take to be true
  10. verb
    tolerate or accommodate oneself to
    “I swallowed the insult”
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    oscine, oscine bird
    passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
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