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English definition of “swell”

swell

verb     /swel/ (swelled, swollen or swelled)
C2 [I or T] to become larger and rounder than usual ; to ( cause to) increase in size or amount : It was obvious she had broken her toe , because it immediately started to swell (up). 25 employees have joined the union in this month alone , swelling its ranks (= increasing its size ) to 110.literary His heart / breast swelled with pride (= he felt very proud ) as he stood watching his son graduate .Enlarging and inflatingBecoming biggerBecoming biggerEnlarging and inflating [I] If music swells, it becomes louder .Playing musicSinging in general
(Definition of swell verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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