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English verb: swell up

1. swell up (change) expand abnormally

SamplesThe bellies of the starving children are swelling.

ExamplesDid his feet swell up?

Synonymsintumesce, swell, 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

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