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

Essential Meaning of dwell

literary + formal : to live in a particular place a cave where bats dwell He dwelled [=lived] in the same town for years. In ancient Greek mythology, Mount Olympus was the dwelling place of the gods. [=the place where the gods lived]

Full 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

Other Words from dwell

dweller \ ˈdwe-​lər How to pronounce dwell (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 At least you guys don't have much time to dwell on the L. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 22 Nov. 2021 Judon said the defense didn’t have time to dwell on their first-half shortcomings and instead focused their energy on turning the game — and their season — around. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Oct. 2021 This column covered it not long ago so won’t dwell on it here. Dane Stangler, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 There was little time to dwell on the personal tragedies. Melanie Mason Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 In the meantime, Payton will try not to dwell on how perfect of a situation this could be for him and his family. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2021 Neal Stephenson has no trouble getting the science right in his speculative sci-fi best-sellers, which dwell on how people might respond to new technologies that upend the world. Max G. Levy, Wired, 10 Nov. 2021 There is the rise of the Movimiento Alterado, a musical movement (with connections to Los Angeles) that does little to obscure its links to the drug trade and whose song lyrics often dwell on hyperviolence. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 The public will now have 30 days to dwell on these maps and voice their opinions about them, facilitated by a listening tour with meetings around the state. Ray Stern, The Arizona Republic, 28 Oct. 2021

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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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“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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\ 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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