\ 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 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 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

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The host responsible for the Upper East Side dwelling was caught on tape asking the men to pack their things and go at 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. Essence, "Airbnb Host Kicks Guests Out Of House, Calls Them ‘Monkeys’," 4 June 2019 Pre-fab design, a concept that can feel foreign to a designer who’s used to making custom pieces for her clients but is inherently connected to the mobile home (a pre-fab dwelling itself). Catherine Dash, Vogue, "How This Interior Designer Turned a Malibu Mobile Home Into a Scandinavian-Chic Surf Retreat," 22 Apr. 2019 Seeing Princess Diana in the video makes my heart swell and dwell. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles' 70th Birthday Celebrations Included A Tribute to Diana," 14 Nov. 2018 The heads of Yoruba earth deities emerge around the roots of the tree and the Yoruba gods dwell at the crown of the tree. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "'Fragile Handle With Care': The Two Sides Of Puerto Rico At Mattatuck," 12 May 2018 In 2018, amid an ongoing affordable housing, prefab manufacturer LivingHomes dove deeper into accessory dwelling units (ADUs), introducing compact designs that can act as a spare room in the backyard or a standalone tiny home. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "The 7 most impressive prefab homes from 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 Seavers preferred not to dwell on the governor's comments. Zahria Rogers, The Courier-Journal, "West Louisville Chess Club not dwelling on controversial Bevin remarks," 13 July 2018 The co-founder of experimental electronic team Collapsing Scenery would prefer people to not dwell on who's behind the mask. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Unraveling the mystery behind L.A.'s striking music duo Collapsing Scenery," 25 May 2018 The intent of the student journalists behind MSD Strong is not to dwell on tragedy, but to focus on how youth emerge from its aftermath. Malavika Kannan, Teen Vogue, "We’re Teen Journalists, and We’re Fighting Gun Violence," 20 Apr. 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

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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