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English definition of “swell”

swell

verb [I/T] (INCREASE)   /swel/ (past tense swelled, past participle swollen  /ˈswoʊ·lən/ or swelled)
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    /ˈswel·ɪŋ/ noun [C/U] [U] We won’t know how serious the injury is until the swelling subsides.
(Definition of swell verb (INCREASE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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