There are 3 translations of swell in Spanish:

swell1

Pronunciation: /swel/

vi (past participle of/participio pasado de swollen or (AmE esp) , swelled)

  • 1 1.1 (grow in size) [wood/face/ankles] hincharse; [river/stream] crecer*, subir her face began to swell se le empezó a hinchar la cara his knee had swollen (up) to twice its size la rodilla se le había hinchado al doble de su tamaño normal their bellies were swollen with hunger tenían los vientres hinchados por el hambre the sails swelled (out) in the wind las velas se hinchaban al viento
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    • Rash, itching, body swelling, breathing difficulties, possible localised red itchy mouth and throat, and even collapse.
    • Your back aches to high heaven, your smell has turned a different kind of sour, you are hungry and the welts on your body are swelling as your pores open up again.
    • So much was going on that his eyes flashed images and his body swelled with sweat, and he didn't care about what it was, but just about when he would see it.
    1.2 (with emotion) swollen with pride henchido de orgullo she was swelling with rage estaba que estallaba de rabia
  • 2 (increase) [population/crowd] crecer*, aumentar order books are beginning to swell again los pedidos están aumentando otra vez the applause swelled to a crescendo los aplausos se fueron haciendo cada vez más fuertes

vt (past participle of/participio pasado de swollen or (AmE esp) , swelled)

  • 1 (increase in size) [body/joint/features] hinchar; [sails] hinchar; [river] hacer* crecer or subir
  • 2 (increase in number, volume) [population/total/funds] aumentar to swell the ranks of the unemployed engrosar las filas del desempleo
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    • The village, its population swollen by refugees, had been thought safe by many local people.
    • The ranks of female players swelled by a similar amount to 132, up from 116 earlier in the decade.
    • Hundreds of thousands of refugees have swelled Monrovia's population to well over a million, scrabbling where they can for shelter and running short of food, water and medical supplies.

Phrasal verbs

swell up

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio
hincharse my/her finger swelled up se me/le hinchó el dedo

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There are 3 translations of swell in Spanish:

swell2

n

  • 1 1.1 (of sea) oleaje (masculine) a heavy swell un fuerte oleaje, una marejada 1.2 (surge, movement) oleada (feminine) a swell of indignation/interest una oleada de indignación/interés
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    • Sure, profits shrank, but that was more than offset by huge swells in sales volumes as new customers were drawn in.
    • The majority of town councillors continue to express support for the project and this is extremely important at a stage when there is a huge swell of community support.
    • I am not convinced that there is ‘a huge swell of community support’ for the Riverbank project.
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    • As the yacht surged and rolled over the swell, every movement was magnified enormously at the top of the mast.
    • With airspeed picked up, the lumbering giant quit moving with the movement of the heavy swells and leaving one crest we ploughed into the next.
    • We watched swells break on the point and come around into the anchorage with curling graybeard tops.
    1.3 (protuberance, curve) (no plural/sin plural) the low swell of the Welsh hills la suave ondulación de las colinas galesas the firm swell of her breasts/belly la turgencia de sus senos/su vientre [literary/literario]
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    • Her gown cuts down so low behind her he can slip his hand beneath the silken material to cradle the soft swell of her buttocks.
    • The hill's lower slopes swell gradually to a gently rounded summit plateau, a bare, wind-scoured place that is haunted by the melancholic cry of the golden plover.
    • He could make out the swell of her left breast, harbouring a half moon crescent of dancing light as she did so.
  • 2 [Music/Música] (symbol) regulador (masculine); (device on organ) regulador (masculine) del registro de sonido
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    • Most effective is the contrast created when Slean's piano-tinkling waltz-time verses bloom into symphonic swells of strings and timpani on the pop-smart choruses.
    • Traditionally, a musical climax is reached through the emotionally loaded swell of dynamics or harmonic resolution.
    • Staring with ‘Rolls and Waves of Ignorance’, Herren produces a song based on a series of orchestral swells, a smooth saxophone, and a gently plucked bass.

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There are 3 translations of swell in Spanish:

swell3

adj

  • 1.1 (fine, excellent) (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar], fenomenal [colloquial/familiar], bárbaro [colloquial/familiar], sensacional [colloquial/familiar] so you can come? swell! (as interjection/como interjección) ¿así que puedes venir? ¡bárbaro or fantástico! [colloquial/familiar]
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    • I spent the weekend with Gene and Kindy in their swell new apartment.
    • This is a swell sound bite that ignores the reality that someone must pay for the ads, phone banks, direct mail and Web sites.
    • David is a swell multi-talented guy and it was a pleasure to finally meet him.
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    • Throwbacks to a swell fashion trend of yesteryear, they spice up any pair of shoes, from ballet flats to mules or slinky stilettos.
    1.2 (stylish) [colloquial, dated/familiar, anticuado] elegantón [colloquial/familiar]

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The Cortes Generales is the Spanish Parliament, consisting of two houses, the lower house or Congreso de los Diputados and the upper house or Senado. It is a legislative body, approves state budgets, and exercises other powers relating to international treaties and agreements, the autonomous regions and appointments to posts in institutions such as the Tribunal Constitucional.