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

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Other Words from dwell

dweller \ˈdwe-lər \ noun

Examples of dwell in a Sentence

a cave where bats dwell dwelling with a farm family as an exchange student in France

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Its name is Rosalie Alley and it's located between two streets named Piety and Desire—which of course is where most of us dwell nearly all the time. Brett Martin, GQ, "The 5 Best New Restaurants in New Orleans," 26 Apr. 2018 Ekapol also taught the kids meditation to help them remain calm and not dwell on their hunger. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "'Hero or zero?': Thailand abuzz over coach who led boys into cave – then kept them alive," 5 July 2018 But Christie won’t spend too much time dwelling on his accomplishments via social media. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Rolling Meadows' Max Christie avoids the noise as he gets to work," 3 July 2018 Bennington looms throughout, but rather than dwell directly on the loss—or eulogize his bandmate in any sustained way—Shinoda focuses on his own desire to salvage his life and career. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Mike Shinoda Asks Not to Be Defined by Loss," 21 June 2018 While primarily targeted at young Alaska Native children, the books are delightful and offer a wonderful introduction to the ancient cultures that have dwelt along what is now the Alaskan Panhandle and Canadian coast for more than 10,000 years. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Baby Raven Reads’ series of Alaska children’s books are a treasure worth sharing," 28 Apr. 2018 But instead of dwelling on the 5G opportunity, Vestberg talked about the need to serve users of older networks, including 2G, the types of networks only poorer people in developing nations would use. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Data Sheet—How Verizon's New CEO Wants to Do Good, Not Just Do Well," 11 June 2018 To build an apartment complex or multi-family dwelling, the impact fees will rise from $2,100 per dwelling unit to $4,900 to $8,700, depending on the size. Martin E. Comas, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Seminole likely to change school impact fees after protest from apartment developers," 30 Mar. 2018 The proposed schedule starts at $500 for a multi-family dwelling unit under 1,000 square feet, up to a maximum of $2,250 for a single-family house over 2,250 square feet. Steve Dreyer, Pomerado News, "Report recommends Poway increase affordable housing fees," 28 Mar. 2018

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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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dwelling house

dwelling place

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English Language Learners Definition of dwell

: to live in a particular place


\ˈdwel \
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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