Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb swell

6 senses of swell

Sense 1
swell -- (increase in size, magnitude, number, or intensity; "The music swelled to a crescendo")
       => increase -- (become bigger or greater in amount; "The amount of work increased")

Sense 2
swell, puff up -- (become filled with pride, arrogance, or anger; "The mother was swelling with importance when she spoke of her son")
       => act, behave, do -- (behave in a certain manner; show a certain behavior; conduct or comport oneself; "You should act like an adult"; "Don't behave like a fool"; "What makes her do this way?"; "The dog acts ferocious, but he is really afraid of people")

Sense 3
swell, swell up, intumesce, tumefy, tumesce -- (expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling")
       => expand -- (become larger in size or volume or quantity; "his business expanded rapidly")

Sense 4
well up, swell -- (come up (as of feelings and thoughts, or other ephemeral things); "Strong emotions welled up"; "Smoke swelled from it")
       => originate, arise, rise, develop, uprise, spring up, grow -- (come into existence; take on form or shape; "A new religious movement originated in that country"; "a love that sprang up from friendship"; "the idea for the book grew out of a short story"; "An interesting phenomenon uprose")

Sense 5
well, swell -- (come up, as of a liquid; "Tears well in her eyes"; "the currents well up")
       => surface, come up, rise up, rise -- (come to the surface)

Sense 6
swell -- (cause to become swollen; "The water swells the wood")
       => grow -- (cause to grow or develop; "He grows vegetables in his backyard")

Antonyms of adj swelled

1 sense of swelled

Sense 1
big, swelled, vainglorious -- (feeling self-importance; "too big for his britches"; "had a swelled head"; "he was swelled with pride")

INDIRECT (VIA proud) -> humble -- (marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful; "a humble apology"; "essentially humble...and self-effacing, he achieved the highest formal honors and distinctions"- B.K.Malinowski)

Similarity of adj swelled

1 sense of swelled

Sense 1
big, swelled, vainglorious -- (feeling self-importance; "too big for his britches"; "had a swelled head"; "he was swelled with pride")
       => proud (vs. humble) -- (feeling self-respect or pleasure in something by which you measure your self-worth; or being a reason for pride; "proud parents"; "proud of his accomplishments"; "a proud moment"; "proud to serve his country"; "a proud name"; "proud princes")

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