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Definition of well verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they well
    he / she / it wells
    past simple welled
    -ing form welling
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  1. 1[intransitive] well (up) (of a liquid) to rise to the surface of something and start to flow Tears were welling up in her eyes.
  2. 2[intransitive] well (up) (literary) (of an emotion) to become stronger Hate welled up inside him as he thought of the two of them together.
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