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

Definition of dwell

intransitive verb

1 : to remain for a time dwell in the hallway
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
3a : to keep the attention directed used with on or upontried not to dwell on my fears
b : to speak or write insistently used with on or uponreporters dwelling on the recent scandal

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Other Words from dwell

dweller \ ˈdwe-​lər How to pronounce dweller (audio) \ 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 Trump won’t dwell on any of this during the campaign, of course. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Debt to China," 25 Apr. 2020 Of course, Hehir doesn’t dwell on these things, either. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "ESPN's Michael Jordan documentary 'The Last Dance' is more than a hero story. Here's why," 14 Apr. 2020 For his part, unlike following his post-primary comments in February, Petfalski didn't dwell on the importance of experience. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Longtime city official wins the Muskego mayoral seat in a landslide vote," 13 Apr. 2020 Despite the cancelation of A-Day and traditional spring practices — not to mention all spring sports, the loss of March Madness and on-campus classes through the summer — Britt isn’t dwelling on what should have been. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "Auburn linebacker K.J. Britt maintains perspective amid coronavirus shutdown," 10 Apr. 2020 But the show dwells on Angela’s trauma in a way that seems to justify rather than diagnose her vigilantism. Namwali Serpell, The New York Review of Books, "In the Time of Monsters," 24 Mar. 2020 While men loom on the periphery of the lovers’ time together, the movie doesn’t dwell on the larger world, instead focusing on a sisterhood that was real and familiar to the filmmaker and her collaborators. Sage Young, refinery29.com, "The Most Romantic Movie Of 2020 Is A Period Drama Without A Man In Sight," 28 Feb. 2020 Buffett didn't dwell too long on his eventual decline. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Warren Buffett lays out a succession plan—for his Berkshire shares," 22 Feb. 2020 No one talks anymore about a cash jackpot at the end of the slim-fit rainbow, nor do the participants dwell on grand notions about magically changing their circumstances. Hank Stuever, Washington Post, "All those reality shows you loved about people’s weight, marriage and kids? They’re back — and nicer.," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of dwell

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dwell

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

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

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24 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dwell

literary + formal : to live in a particular place


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

Kids Definition of dwell

1 : to live in a place : reside
2 : to keep the attention directed Try not to dwell on your mistakes.

Other Words from dwell

dweller noun cave dwellers

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