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swell

verb [I/T]  /swel/ ( past tense swelled, past participle swollen  /ˈswoʊ·lən/ or swelled) us  

swell verb [I/T] (INCREASE)

to become larger and rounder: [I] It’s spring, and the buds on the trees are beginning to swell. [I] One of his eyes swelled shut. [T] Immigrants swelled the city’s population (= increased it). [I] fig. His chest swelled with pride at being chosen (= He felt extremely proud).
swelling
noun [C/U]  /ˈswel·ɪŋ/ us  
[U] We won’t know how serious the injury is until the swelling subsides.

swell

noun [C]  /swel/ us  

swell noun [C] (WAVE MOVEMENT)

the slow up and down movement of a long, smooth wave or series of waves in the sea: ocean swells

swell

adjective [-er/-est only]  /swel/ dated infml us  

swell adjective [-er/-est only] (EXCELLENT)

excellent; very good: The food was good and the service was swell.
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