dwell

verb \ ˈdwel \

Definition of dwell

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

  1. a cave where bats dwell

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

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Origin and Etymology of dwell

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



DWELL Defined for English Language Learners

dwell

verb

Definition of dwell for English Language Learners

  • : to live in a particular place


DWELL Defined for Kids

dwell

verb \ ˈdwel \

Definition of dwell for Students

dwelt \ˈdwelt\ or dwelled \ˈdweld\; dwelling
1 :to live in a place :reside
2 :to keep the attention directed
  • Try not to dwell on your mistakes.

dweller

noun
  • cave dwellers


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