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dwell

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verb \ˈdwel\

Simple Definition of dwell

  • : to live in a particular place

Full Definition of dwell

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

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remain for a time

  3. 2 a :  to live as a resident b :  exist, lie

  4. 3 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

Rhymes with dwell




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