One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
become bigger, make bigger, become larger, make larger, become greater, make greater, increase in size, grow, expandView synonyms
- ‘Each woman I take seems to deepen my rage, intumesce my lust, and refine my deviant appetite.’
Late 18th century: from Latin intumescere, from in- ‘into’ + tumescere ‘begin to swell’ (from tumere ‘swell’).
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