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vb. To grow larger; to dilate or extend the exterior surface or dimensions, by matter added within, or by expansion of the enclosed substance; as, the legs swell in dropsy; a bruised part swells; a bladder swells by inflation. To increase in size or extent by any addition; to increase in volume or force; as, a river swells, and overflows its banks; sounds swell or diminish. To rise or be driven into waves or billows; to heave; as, in tempest, the ocean swells into waves. To be puffed up or bloated; as, to swell with pride. To be inflated; to belly; as, the sails swell. To be turgid, bombastic, or extravagant; as, swelling words; a swelling style. To protuberate; to bulge out; as, a cask swells in the middle. To be elated; to rise arrogantly. To grow upon the view; to become larger; to expand. To become larger in amount; as, many little debts added, swell to a great amount. To act in a pompous, ostentatious, or arrogant manner; to strut; to look big.


 - vb. To increase the size, bulk, or dimensions of; to cause to rise, dilate, or increase; as, rains and dissolving ...

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