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Etymology 1

Old English swelġan, from Germanic. Cognate with Dutch zwelgen, German schwelgen, Swedish svälja.

Verb

Infinitive
to swallow

Third person singular
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Past participle
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to swallow (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To cause to pass from the mouth into the stomach.
    Try not to swallow too much toothpaste.
    The duck swallowed the frog.
  2. (intransitive) To take food down into the stomach; to make the muscular contractions of the oesophagous which this entails.
    I swallowed nervously, wondering who was outside the window.
  3. (transitive) To take in, to consume, to absorb or cause to disappear.
    Any extra money will be swallowed up by the mortgage repayments.
  4. (transitive) To believe or accept.
    I find his excuses a little hard to swallow.
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Etymology 2

Late Old English swelg (gulf, chasm), from Germanic (related to Etymology 1, above).

Noun

Singular
swallow

Plural
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  1. (archaic) A deep chasm or abyss in the earth.
  2. The amount swallowed in one gulp; the act of swallowing.
    He took the aspirin with a single swallow of water.
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Etymology 3

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A red-rumped swallow

Old English swealwe, from Germanic. Cognate with Danish svale, Dutch zwaluw, German Schwalbe, Swedish svala.

Noun

Singular
swallow

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  1. 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.
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  • (small bird of Hirundunudae): martlet
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