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1. Of a container or vessel, to fill up (with liquid or an emotion) to the point of overflowing. Drainage ditches have been welling up across the city as the heavy rains continue. Her eyes welled up as she watched him walk away. My body welled up with rage at the thought of such a cruel act.
2. Of a liquid or emotion, to fill up (a container or vessel) to the point of overflowing. Water was welling up right to the edge of the sink, but I managed to turn off the taps before any spilled over. Violent protests welled up in the city after the government announced its extreme new policies.
1. Of a container or vessel, to fill up (with liquid or an emotion) past the point of overflowing. The drainage ditches across the city have begun welling over as the heavy rains continue. Her eyes welled over and tears rolled down her cheeks as she watched him walk away.
2. Of a liquid or emotion, to fill up (a container or vessel) past the point of overflowing. Water began welling over after Jonathan forgot to turn the taps of the sink off. People's fury welled over into violent protests across the country after the government announced its extreme new policies.
[for a liquid] to fill up and spill over. The laundry tub finally welled over as it became too full. The milk glass began to well over, and Timmy began to cry.
(from something) and well up (out of something) [for a liquid] to gush or pour up and away from something. The blood welled up from the wound. Clear water welled up out of the rocks. A gusher of muddy water welled up. Tears welled up out of the baby's eyes.
(inside someone) Fig. [for a feeling] to seem to swell and move inside one's body. A feeling of revulsion began to well up inside Fred. Burning resentment welled up, and George knew he was going to lose his temper.
(out of something) Go to well up (from something).
1. To build up and overflow the boundaries of a container: I left the tap on, and the water in the bathtub welled over and spilled onto the floor. Tears welled over and ran down my cheeks. My anger welled over, and I yelled out.
2. To become filled and overflow: My eyes welled over with tears. My heart welled over with joy.
To rise to the edge of a container, ready to flow: Lava welled up in the crater. Tears welled up in my eyes, but I did not cry. I could feel anger well up in me.