V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
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Definition: (v.) 1. to grow large; 2. to expand beyond what is normal; 3. to become overcome by an emotion; 4. to cause to become swollen; 5. to increase in amount or intensity; (n.) 1. the rising and falling movement of the surface of the sea; 2. an increase in the size of something
Synonyms: (v.) grow, expand, increase, distend, bloat, inflate, billow, well up, enlarge, intensify, (n.) surge, swelling, wave, inflation, bloating
Tips: Swell is derived from the Old English swellan, "grow or make bigger." Most of the many definitions of the verb swell are derived from this idea of growing or becoming bigger. Swell can also be used as an adjective, meaning "great" or "excellent," but this usage is not very common in contemporary English.
Surfers had a great weekend when a big swell came in. (wave, surge) noun
I swelled with pride when Concetta complimented my painting skills. (welled up) verb
The sail swelled with wind and pushed the boat forward. (billowed, inflated) verb
My ankle swelled up to twice its size when I sprained it. (expanded, enlarged) verb
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