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swell

adjective

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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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swell

verb

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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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swell

noun

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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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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

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The first known use of swell was before the 12th century

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“Swell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/swell. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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