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English adjective: swell

1. swell very good


SamplesHe did a bully job.
A neat sports car.
Had a great time at the party.
You look simply smashing.


Synonymsbang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing


Similargood


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsbad


English noun: swell

1. swell (event) the undulating movement of the surface of the open sea


Synonymscrestless wave


Broader (hypernym)moving ridge, wave


Narrower (hyponym)ground swell, heavy swell

2. swell (object) a rounded elevation (especially one on an ocean floor)


Broader (hypernym)elevation, natural elevation

3. swell (attribute) a crescendo followed by a decrescendo


Broader (hypernym)crescendo

4. swell (person) a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance


Synonymsbeau, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik


Broader (hypernym)adult male, man


Narrower (hyponym)cockscomb, coxcomb, macaroni


Instance hyponymBeau Brummell, Brummell, George Bryan Brummell


English verb: swell

1. swell (change) increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity


SamplesThe music swelled to a crescendo.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)increase

2. swell (social) become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger


SamplesThe mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son.


Synonymspuff up


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)act, behave, do

3. swell (change) expand abnormally


SamplesThe bellies of the starving children are swelling.


ExamplesDid his feet swell?


Synonymsintumesce, swell up, tumefy, tumesce


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)expand


Narrower (hyponym)belly, belly out, blister, bloat, blow up, distend, puff, puff out, puff up, vesicate

4. swell (stative) come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things)


SamplesStrong emotions welled up.
Smoke swelled from it.


Synonymswell up


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)arise, develop, grow, originate, rise, spring up, uprise

5. swell (motion) come up, as of a liquid


SamplesTears well in her eyes.
The currents well up.


Synonymswell


Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)come up, rise, rise up, surface

6. swell (change) cause to become swollen


SamplesThe water swells the wood.


Pattern of useSomething ----s something


Broader (hypernym)grow


Narrower (hyponym)bloat, bulge, bulk, tumefy


Causeintumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce









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