dwell on/upon

phrasal verb

dwelled on/upon or dwelt on/upon; dwelling on/upon; dwells on/upon
: to think or talk about (something) for a long time
There is no need to dwell on the past.
Don't dwell upon your mistakes.

Examples of dwell on/upon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web James won’t dwell on the force play at second base that ended the season. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 June 2024 After a funeral, you’re not really supposed to dwell on the person that died, you’re supposed to move on. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 16 May 2024 My coaches always told me, ‘Don’t dwell on your mistakes. Sam Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 14 May 2024 But the Clippers didn’t dwell on the loss, with their focus shifting to what will be their third playoff matchup with the Mavericks in five seasons. Broderick Turner, Los Angeles Times, 13 Apr. 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 But amid the bonfire parties, hikes and open mics the town had to offer, Mr. Li had better things to do than dwell on the negative. Gilles Sabrié Vivian Wang, New York Times, 4 Feb. 2024 To dwell on JavaScript’s original shortcomings is to overlook the fact that any piece of software—and every programming language is, in essence, a suite of software—is amenable to revision and improvement. Sheon Han, WIRED, 4 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

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“Dwell on/upon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell%20on%2Fupon. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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