\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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And why dwell on her years playing Sharpay (and before that, Maddie on the Suite Life of Zack and Cody), when her present is so exciting? Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ashley Tisdale’s “Symptoms” Turns Her Anxieties Into Pop Songs," 23 Nov. 2018 Use spinosad, an organic insecticide made from a type of soil-dwelling bacteria. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Pumpkins," 11 July 2018 Whitley responded by dismantling each outing and dwelling on mistakes. Carter Karels, San Antonio Express-News, "Whitley on a big-time tear," 22 June 2018 Initial criticisms leveraged at the lab dwelled on projects, like a taxi-hailing app, that appeared to glance past the deep and basic needs of many residents. Julia Cooke, Curbed, "How Mexico City’s urban innovation lab tackles the city’s challenges," 18 Apr. 2018 None of the main-line newspapers dwelled too much on her background, which has been well reported. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Osaka charms Japan with her manners _ and broken Japanese," 10 Sep. 2018 Although Pisces energy can be hard to contain (after all, the ocean is boundless), Venus absolutely adores dwelling in this sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 No other soccer nation dwells on decades of failure quite like the English. Ronald Blum, BostonGlobe.com, "England ready to change the tune of its soccer history," 11 July 2018 The President dwelled on Kavanaugh’s Ivy League credentials, which were a focus of Trump’s during the selection process, and the fact that, like Gorsuch, Kavanaugh had also clerked for Justice Kennedy. Brian Bennett, Time, "How President Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Change the U.S.," 10 July 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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