Synonyms of swallow in English:


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1‘she had great difficulty swallowing food’


eat, gulp down, consume, devour, eat up, put away, gobble, gobble up, bolt, bolt down, wolf down, stuff down, gorge oneself on, feast on, polish off

ingest, assimilate

informal scoff, get outside of

2‘he swallowed the last of his drink’


drink, gulp down, guzzle, quaff, imbibe, sup, slurp, suck, sip

informal swig, swill down, slug, down, toss off

British informal neck

North American informal chug

3‘I've no intention of swallowing any more of your insults’


tolerate, endure, stand, put up with, bear, suffer, abide, submit to, countenance, stomach, brook, take, accept

informal stick, hack

British informal wear

4‘the magistrate swallowed my story and gave me a year's conditional discharge’


believe, credit, accept, trust, put confidence in, give credit to, have faith in

informal fall for, buy, go for, swallow something hook, line, and sinker, take as gospel

5‘last night she had swallowed her pride and rung his flat twice’


restrain, repress, hold back, choke back, keep back, hold in, bite back, suppress, fight back

overcome, check, conquer, control, keep under control, keep in check, curb, rein in, contain

silence, muffle, stifle, smother, strangle, gag, hide, bottle up, inhibit, frustrate

bite one's lip

informal keep the lid on, button up, cork up


    swallow someone/something up

      1‘he watched them till the darkness swallowed them up’


      engulf, swamp, devour, flood over, overwhelm, overcome, bury, drown, inundate

      2‘a number of art colleges were swallowed up by polytechnics’


      take over, engulf, absorb, assimilate, incorporate, overrun, overwhelm, swamp