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Definition of gulp verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gulp
    he / she / it gulps
    past simple gulped
    -ing form gulping
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  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] gulp (something) gulp something down to swallow large amounts of food or drink quickly He gulped down the rest of his coffee and went out.
  2. 2[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) to swallow, but without eating or drinking anything, especially because of a strong emotion such as fear or surprise She gulped nervously before trying to answer.
  3. 3[intransitive, transitive] to breathe quickly and deeply, because you need more air gulp (for something) She came up gulping for air. gulp something (in) He leaned against the car, gulping in the cold air.
  4. Phrasal Verbsgulp somethingback
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: gulp

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