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swell

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1 of the very best kind

  • what a swell time we had at the country club dance
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out of this world, too much

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swell

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1 to become greater in extent, volume, amount, or number

  • the club membership has really swelled in recent months
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3 to extend outward beyond a usual point

  • at that point the Congo River swells and forms Malebo Pool
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expand, amplify, swell, distend, inflate, dilate mean to increase in size or volume. expand may apply regardless of the manner of increase (such as growth, unfolding, addition of parts).
    • a business that expands every year
amplify implies the extension or enlargement of something inadequate.
    • amplify the statement with details
swell implies gradual expansion beyond a thing's original or normal limits.
    • the bureaucracy swelled to unmanageable proportions
distend implies outward extension caused by pressure from within.
    • a distended abdomen
inflate implies expanding by introduction of air or something insubstantial and suggests a vulnerability to sudden collapse.
    • an inflated ego
dilate applies especially to expansion of circumference.
    • dilated pupils

swell

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1 a part that sticks out from the general mass of something

  • the graceful swell of the bottle was meant to be evocative of the female figure
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2 a moving ridge on the surface of water

  • huge swells overwhelmed the tiny craft
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