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English definition of “well”

well

verb [I] (COME TO SURFACE)   /wel/
(of a liquid) to come to the surface or into view: As she read the letter, tears welled in her eyes. fig. He could feel the anger well up inside him.
(Definition of well verb (COME TO SURFACE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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