swell - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participleswelling
past tenseswelled
past participleswollen
  1. 1



    swell up

    [intransitive] to become larger than normal, usually because of liquid collecting inside

    My ankles tend to swell when I travel by air.

    Moisture causes the timber to swell.

     Synonyms and related words
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make something larger than normal
      be swollen with something:

      The river was swollen with rain.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to increase in amount or number

    Attendance figures have swollen to 37,000 this season.

    1. a.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] literary to become gradually louder

    The shouts swelled to a roar.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] mainly literary someone who swells with pride, joy etc feels extremely proud or happy

phrasal verbs