swell
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swell(
swehl
)
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
1. (to grow in size)
a. hincharse
My sinuses swelled from infection and I couldn't breathe for weeks.Se me hincharon los senos nasales por una infección, y no pude respirar por semanas.
b. crecer
After the hurricane and the breaking of the dam, the river swelled to dangerous levels.Después del huracán y la ruptura de la presa, el río creció hasta alcanzar niveles peligrosos.
2. (to increase in number)
a. aumentar
The volume of foreign direct investment has swollen to unprecedented levels.El volumen de la inversión directa extranjera ha aumentado hasta alcanzar niveles sin precedentes.
b. crecer
The news of low real estate prices caused the area's population to swell like never before.La noticia de los bajos precios en el sector inmobiliario hizo que la población de la zona creciera como nunca antes.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
3. (to increase in size)
a. hinchar (anatomy)
Injury from the car accident swelled his knees so badly that he couldn't walk for weeks.La herida del accidente automovilístico le hinchó tanto las rodillas que no pudo caminar durante semanas.
b. hacer crecer (body of water)
The storm swelled the river to about twice its normal height, creating the danger of a flood.La tormenta hizo crecer el río a casi el doble de su altura normal, lo cual creó riesgo de inundación.
4. (to expand in number)
a. aumentar
The donations from the benefactors swelled their food supply for helping the poor.Las donaciones de los benefactores aumentaron el suministro de alimentos para los pobres.
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
5. (nautical)
a. la marejada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The heavy swells on the waters made it dangerous for us to still be out at sea.Las marejadas fuertes hicieron que fuera peligroso permanecer mar afuera.
b. el oleaje
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The powerful swell brought nearly a ton of flotsam from the shipwreck onto the beach.El fuerte oleaje trajo casi una tonelada de desechos del naufragio a la playa.
6. (bulge)
a. la turgencia
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A swell in the breasts is common in lactating mothers.La turgencia en los senos es común en las madres lactantes.
b. la ondulación
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The swell of the sand dunes made it nearly impossible to traverse the desert.La ondulación de las dunas hizo casi imposible atravesar el desierto.
7. (flood of emotion)
a. el arrebato
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of anger)
He slammed the door in a swell of rage when his parents would not let him go out with his friends.Dio un portazo en un arrebato de rabia cuando sus padres no lo dejaron salir con sus amigos.
b. la oleada
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The President had to face a swell of indignation over the decisions he had taken.El Presidente debió enfrentar una oleada de indignación provocada por las decisiones que tomó.
8. (music)
a. el regulador
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The swell on the organ in our church broke, and the organist was unable to control the volume during mass.El regulador del órgano de nuestra iglesia se rompió, y el organista no pudo controlar el volumen durante la misa.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(excellent)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. fenomenal
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
It really is swell that you're able to work with us tonight to finish the project in time.Es verdaderamente fenomenal que puedas trabajar con nosotros esta noche para terminar el proyecto a tiempo.
b. bárbaro
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Thanks to a swell shot from the middle of the court at the last minute, our team won the basketball game.Gracias a un tiro bárbaro desde el medio de la cancha en el último momento, nuestro equipo ganó el partido de baloncesto.
c. padre
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
It was really swell of our boss to give Juan two weeks off to visit his family abroad.Fue muy padre que nuestro jefe le diera a Juan dos semanas de vacaciones para visitar a su familia en el extranjero.
d. genial
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
My semester was going swell until my computer crashed and I lost all my work.Mi semestre iba genial hasta que mi computadora se colgó y perdí todo mi trabajo.
10.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
A word or phrase that is seldom used in contemporary language and is recognized as being from another decade, (e.g. cat, groovy).
(old-fashioned)
(stylish)
a. el dandy
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Whenever I go out with that swell guy, I always feel underdressed.Cuando salgo con ese tipo dandy, siempre me siento poco elegante.
b. el majo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
As a man who considered himself swell, he made sure that his pocket square always matched the color of his socks.Como un hombre que se consideraba majo, se aseguraba de que su pañuelo siempre combinara con el color de sus calcetines.
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swell
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (numbers, crowd)
a. aumentar
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
2. (part of body)
a. hincharse
3. (number, crowd)
a. aumentar, crecer
to swell with pridehenchirse de orgullo
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
4. (of sea)
a. el mar de fondo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
5. (colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. genial (excellent)
b. padre
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
c. bárbaro(a) (River Plate)
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swell [swel] swelled (past)swollen (participle:past)
noun
1 (Náut) (movement) oleaje (m); (large wave) marejada (f)
2 (bulge)
the gentle swell of her hips la suave turgencia de sus caderas
3 (surge) [of anger] arrebato (m); arranque (m)
The swell of anger began to subside again as he knew it would Nick felt the ugly swell of anger within himself
[of sympathy, emotion] oleada (f)
a voice that had made him feel something, the instant swell of sympathy in her tone there was, too,a swell of emotion for Lauda
4 (Mús) crescendo (m); (on organ) regulador (m) de volumen
5 (stylish man) majo (m); (important man) encopetado (m)
the swells la gente bien; la gente de buen tono
adjective
(US) (fine, good) fenomenal (informal); bárbaro (informal)
we had a swell time lo pasamos en grande (informal); it's a swell place es un sitio estupendo (informal)
intransitive verb
1 (physically) [+ankle, eye etc] (also swell up) hincharse; [+sails] (also swell out) inflarse; hincharse; [+river] crecer
her arm swelled up se le hinchó el brazo; to swell with pride hincharse de orgullo
2 (in size, number) aumentar; crecer
numbers have swollen greatly el número ha aumentado muchísimo; the little group soon swelled into a crowd el pequeño grupo se transformó pronto en multitud; the cheers swelled to a roar los vítores fueron creciendo hasta convertirse en un estruendo
transitive verb
1 (physically) hinchar
to have a swollen hand tener la mano hinchada; my ankle is very swollen tengo el tobillo muy hinchado; her eyes were swollen with tears tenía los ojos hinchados de lágrimas; the rains had swollen the river las lluvias habían hecho crecer el río; the river is swollen el río está crecido
you'll give him a swollen head le vas a hacer que se lo crea
2 [+numbers, sales] aumentar
all they are doing is swelling the ranks of the unemployed lo único que hacen es engrosar las cifras de desempleados
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