dwell

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verb \ˈdwel\

Definition of dwell

dwelled

play \ˈdweld, ˈdwelt\ or

dwelt

\ˈdwelt\;

dwelling

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to remain for a time <dwell in the hallway>

  3. 2a :  to live as a resident <the town in which he dwelled for eight years> <the dwelling place of the gods>b :  exist, lie <where the heart of the matter dwells>

  4. 3a :  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>

dweller

noun

Examples of dwell in a sentence

  1. a cave where bats dwell

  2. <dwelling with a farm family as an exchange student in France>

Origin and Etymology 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



DWELL Defined for English Language Learners

dwell

play
verb \ˈdwel\

Definition of dwell for English Language Learners

  • : to live in a particular place


DWELL Defined for Kids

dwell

play
verb \ˈdwel\

Definition of dwell for Students

dwelt

\ˈdwelt\ or

dwelled

\ˈdweld\

dwelling

  1. 1 :  to live in a place :  reside

  2. 2 :  to keep the attention directed <Try not to dwell on your mistakes.>

dweller

noun <cave dwellers>


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