dwell

verb

dwelled ˈdweld How to pronounce dwell (audio)
ˈdwelt
or dwelt ˈdwelt How to pronounce dwell (audio) ; dwelling

intransitive verb

1
: to remain for a time
dwell in the hallway
2
a
: 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
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
dweller noun

Examples of dwell in a Sentence

a cave where bats dwell dwelling with a farm family as an exchange student in France
Recent Examples on the Web Like his real-life counterpart, Larry occasionally dwells on that last inglorious episode. Avi Selk, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 Those types of dwelling units could include almost any type of housing, including traditional apartments, single-family homes for-sale, single-family rentals. Corina Vanek, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 Later episodes dwell on how Tom learns to fake other people’s signatures and forge documents, or even on something relatively small like the manipulations required to get ice cubes out of trays with early Sixties refrigerator/freezer technology. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2024 Springsteen didn’t dwell any further on the multi-decade gap between his concerts here with The E Street Band. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 Mar. 2024 Getting dressed up and being pampered for the day was a moment where Webb was able to consciously dwell in a fashion-forward environment again. Robyn Mowatt, Essence, 18 Mar. 2024 The play’s ending may feel a bit abrupt but there is still much to dwell on its depths. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, 18 Mar. 2024 On the other hand, the expansion gives Purvis sufficient time to dwell on period-establishing and character-developing details often glossed over in films depicting the struggle for survival in 19th-century frontier days. Joe Leydon, Variety, 8 Mar. 2024 Arriving at the White House, Jeff Zients, who was assigned to take over the pandemic response, could not bear to dwell on images of hospitals. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 4 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Old English dwellan to go astray, hinder; akin to Old High German twellen to tarry

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dwell was in the 13th century

Dictionary Entries Near dwell

Cite this Entry

“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dwell

verb
dwelled ˈdweld How to pronounce dwell (audio) ˈdwelt How to pronounce dwell (audio) or dwelt ˈdwelt How to pronounce dwell (audio) ; dwelling
1
: to stay for a while
2
: to live in a place : reside
3
: to keep the attention directed
dwelled on their mistakes
dweller noun

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