verb \ˈdwel\

: to live in a particular place

dwelled \ˈdweld, ˈdwelt\ or dwelt \ˈdwelt\ dwelling

Full Definition of DWELL

intransitive verb
:  to remain for a time
a :  to live as a resident
b :  exist, lie
a :  to keep the attention directed —used with on or upon <tried not to dwell on my fears>
b :  to speak or write insistently —used with on or upon <reporters dwelling on the recent scandal>
dwell·er noun

Examples of DWELL

  1. a cave where bats dwell
  2. <dwelling with a farm family as an exchange student in France>

Origin of DWELL

Middle English, from Old English dwellan to go astray, hinder; akin to Old High German twellen to tarry
First Known Use: 13th century


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