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swell

Word family
swell1 /swel/ ●○○ verb (past tensepst swelled, past participlepp swollen /ˈswəʊlən $ ˈswoʊ-/)  
1 size 大小 [intransitiveI] (also swell up)BIG to become larger and rounder than normal – used especially about parts of the body 肿,肿胀〔尤指身体部位〕 swollen
 Her ankle was already starting to swell.
她的脚踝已经开始肿起来了。
 The window frame had swollen shut.
窗框膨胀变形,关得死死的。
2 amount/number 数量 [intransitiveI, transitiveT]INCREASE IN NUMBER OR AMOUNT to increase in amount or number 〔数量〕增加,增多,增大
swell to
 The crowd swelled to around 10,000.
人群增加到一万人左右。
 The river was swollen with melted snow.
积雪融化,河水上涨。
swell the ranks/numbers of something (=increase the number of people in a particular situation) 扩大的队伍,增加的人数
 Large numbers of refugees have swollen the ranks of the unemployed.
大量的难民壮大了失业队伍。
3 swell with pride/anger etc FEEL HAPPY/FRIGHTENED/BORED ETCto feel very proud, angry etc 扬扬得意/怒气冲冲等
 His heart swelled with pride as he watched his daughter collect her prize.
他看着女儿领奖,心中充满了自豪。
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4 shape 形状 [intransitiveI, transitiveT] (also swell out)BIG to curve or make something curve (使)鼓起,(使)隆起
 The wind swelled the sails.
风鼓起了船帆。
5 sound 声音 [intransitiveI] literaryCLOUD/NOISY to become louder 增强,变响亮
 Music swelled around us.
音乐声在我们四周越来越响。
6. sea [intransitiveI]UP to move suddenly and powerfully upwards 波涛汹涌
groundswell
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Related topics: Water, Music
swell2 noun  
1 [singular]TTWWATER the way the sea moves up and down 海面的起伏,浪涌
 The sea wasn’t rough, but there was a heavy swell (=large movements of the water).
海面不算是波涛汹涌,但起伏很大。
2 [singular] a situation in which something increases in number or amount 增加;增多
swell of
 the growing swell of anti-government feeling
反政府情绪的日益高涨
 a swell of pride
自豪感的增强
3. [singular]CAPM an increase in sound level, especially in music 〔尤指音乐〕音量逐渐增强 SYN crescendo
4 [singular]ROUND the roundness or curved shape of something 膨胀;鼓起;隆起
 the firm swell of her breasts
她挺拔的乳峰
5. [countableC] old-fashionedIMPORTANT a fashionable or important person 时髦人物;头面人物,要人
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swell3 adjectiveadj American EnglishAmE old-fashioned  
GOOD/EXCELLENTvery good 极好的,第一流的 SYN great
 You look swell!
你看上去漂亮极了!
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Origin swell1
Old English swellan
TOEFL IELTS BNC: 5534 COCA: 4867
swell

noun¹

1movement of the surface of the sea海面起伏ADJECTIVE | SWELL + VERB | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEheavy猛烈的浪湧gentle, slight溫和的/微小的波浪10-foot, 20-foot, etc. * 10 英尺、20 英尺等的大浪Atlantic, ocean大西洋上的/海洋上的浪濤The ship was bobbing up and down like a small boat in a heavy ocean swell.輪船在洶湧的海浪中像一葉小舟上下顛簸。SWELL + VERBbreak, come in, roll in, surge up波浪衝擊/湧來/滾滾而來/洶湧澎湃The Atlantic swell surged up under them.大西洋的浪濤在他們下面滾滾湧起。PREPOSITIONin a/the swell在大浪中The trawler rolled wildly in the heavy swell.拖網漁船在大浪中猛烈晃動。on the swell在浪峰上with the swell隨着海浪The boat rose and fell with the swell.船隨着浪濤起伏跌宕。
swell

noun²

2curve in sth曲線ADJECTIVE | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEgentle, soft平緩的/柔和的曲線PREPOSITIONswell of⋯的曲線the gentle swell of her breasts她胸部柔和的曲線
swell

verb

ADVERB | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADVERBbadly腫得厲害His sprained ankle had swollen badly.他扭傷的腳踝腫得厲害。slightly稍微有些腫up腫起來Her feet swelled up after the long walk to the top of the hill.她經過長途跋涉到達山頂後,腳腫了起來。PREPOSITIONto腫脹到⋯My fingers and thumbs swelled to grotesque proportions.我的手指和大拇指腫得嚇人。with由於⋯腫脹Her legs had swollen with the heat.她的雙腿因受熱腫了起來。PHRASESswell shut腫得閉上His right eye had almost swollen shut.他的右眼腫得幾乎睜不開。
TOEFL IELTS BNC: 5534 COCA: 4867
swell noun
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swell

verb

swell ♦︎ inflate ♦︎ blow sth up ♦︎ bloatThese words all mean to become or make sth bigger, especially by filling it with sth. 这些词均表示膨胀或使某物膨胀。PATTERNS AND COLLOCATIONS 句型和搭配to swell / inflate sth with sthto inflate / blow up a balloon / tyre swell (swelled, swollen or swelled, swelled) [intransitive, transitive] to become bigger or rounder; to curve or make sth curve outwards 膨胀;肿胀;凸出;鼓起;使鼓起Her arm was beginning to swell up where the bee had stung her.她胳膊上被蜜蜂蜇的地方开始肿了起来。Cook the lentils for 20 minutes until they swell and soften.把小扁豆煮20分钟,煮到膨胀变软为止。If the rain continues the river could swell and burst its banks.如果雨还是不停,河水就会上涨并冲垮堤岸。The wind swelled the sails.风把帆吹鼓了起来。 see also swelling tumour inflate ɪnˈfleɪt [transitive, intransitive] (rather formal, especially written) to fill sth or become filled with air or gas 给⋯充气;充气Inflate your life jacket by pulling sharply on the cord.猛拽绳扣,给你的救生衣充气。The dinghy was in the water, fully inflated.橡皮艇已充好气放入水中。The life jacket failed to inflate.救生衣未能充气。 inflatable

adjective

an inflatable dinghy / mattress充气橡皮艇/垫子
ˌblow sth ˈup

phrasal verb

(blew, blown) (rather informal, especially spoken) to fill sth with air or gas so that it becomes firm 给(某物)充气Can you help me blow up these balloons?您能帮我给这些气球充气吗?NOTE 辨析 Inflate or blow sth up? Inflate is more formal than blow sth up; it can also be used without an object. 与blow sth up相比,inflate更正式。inflate也可不带宾语The life jacket failed to blow up.
bloat [transitive, often passive] to swell or make sth swell, especially in an unpleasant way 膨胀;肿胀;使肿胀Her features had been bloated by years of drinking and drug-taking.她多年酗酒吸毒,已经变得面部浮肿。Bloat is used especially about parts of the body. * bloat尤用于修饰身体部位。
TOEFL IELTS BNC: 5534 COCA: 4867
swell
To become larger: grow, expand, swell...
To make something larger: enlarge, maximize, scale up...
What sound can do and changing sounds: amplify, reverberate, fade...
To feel an emotion: feel, experience, give up to...
Tides and waves: backwash, billow, breaker...
Rounded and circular shapes: ball, balloon, band...
Very good: cushdy, great, select...

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