swell


swell
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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. i. expand, dilate, bulge, protrude; billow; increase, grow, surge. See water, feeling, pride. —n. swelling, increase; billow, wave, groundswell, sea, roller; rise, slope, knoll. See convexity, expansion, nobility.
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(Roget's IV) modif.
Syn. first-rate, deSirable, fine; see excellent .
v.
Syn. dilate, expand, distend, increase, enlarge, grow, grow larger, puff up, be inflated, become larger, bulge, balloon, puff, inflate, bulge out, blister, plump, round out, fill out, tumefy, become tumid, become swollen.
See Synonym Study at expand .
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(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
1. bulge wave, roller, surge, surf, rise, mound, hill, hump, protuberance, prominence, protrusion, distension, expansion, growth.
2. smart dresser dandy, clothes-horse, Beau Brummel, fop.
II
v.
1. bulge rise, billow, balloon, inflate, blow up, puff up, bloat, mound, form a hump, protrude, distend, dilate, expand, grow, surge, become turgid.
2. puff up from pride swagger, strut, stick one's chest out, parade, show off, be pleased with oneself.
ANT.: 1. deflate, shrink, collapse. 2. be crestfallen, cringe, shrink
III
a.
fine, excellent, great, first-rate.
ANT.: inferior, substandard
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I verb To make or become greater or larger: aggrandize, amplify, augment, boost, build, build up, burgeon, enlarge, escalate, expand, extend, grow, increase, magnify, mount, multiply, proliferate, rise, run up, snowball, soar, upsurge, wax. Informal: beef up. See INCREASE. II noun The act of increasing or rising: aggrandizement, amplification, augment, augmentation, boost, buildup, enlargement, escalation, growth, hike, increase, jump, multiplication, proliferation, raise, rise, upsurge, upswing, upturn. See INCREASE. III adjective 1. Informal Exceptionally good of its kind: ace, banner, blue-ribbon, brag, capital, champion, excellent, fine1, first-class, first-rate, prime, quality, splendid, superb, superior, terrific, tiptop, top. Informal: A-one, bully, dandy, great, topflight, topnotch. Slang: boss. Chiefly British: tophole. See GOOD. 2. Informal Particularly excellent: divine, fabulous, fantastic, fantastical, glorious, marvelous, sensational, splendid, superb, terrific, wonderful. Informal: dandy, dreamy, great, ripping, super, tremendous. Slang: cool, groovy, hot, keen1, neat, nifty. Idiom: out of this world. See GOOD.

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