Meaning of “swollen” in the English Dictionary

"swollen" in British English

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uk /ˈswəʊ.lən/ us /ˈswoʊ.lən/


uk /ˈswəʊ.lən/ us /ˈswoʊ.lən/

B2 larger than usual:

a bruised, swollen face
The stream is swollen because of the heavy rain.

More examples

  • She was looking very upset, with her eyes red and swollen.
  • Her hands were swollen and arthritic.
  • She removed the bandage to reveal an enormous wound, which was infected and swollen.
  • Your ankle is badly swollen, you need to rest it.
  • Her glands feel a bit swollen, but otherwise she seems fine.

(Definition of “swollen” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"swollen" in American English

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us /ˈswoʊ·lən/

past participle of swell :

a swollen lip
swollen glands

(Definition of “swollen” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)