dwell

verb
\ 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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Four decades later, that tale was still following the adventures of a forest-dwelling tribe of feral elves and their leader — Cutter, Blood of Ten Chiefs — who’s been looking to complete his hero’s journey. Jevon Phillips, latimes.com, "After 40 years, Wendy and Richard Pini finish 'Elfquest,' the 'first American manga,' and go on fanquest," 3 Apr. 2018 The Minpins was Roald Dahl’s last story for children, about a miniature tree-dwelling people threatened by the Red-Hot Smoke-Belching Gruncher who lurks below. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Shaking the Tree," 30 May 2018 Obviously there is not too much time to dwell over it. Matias Grez, CNN, "Roger Federer loses to Juan Martin del Potro in Indian Wells final," 19 Mar. 2018 This is why the state news agency dwells so often these days on footage of luxury department stores and amusement parks. Isaac Chotiner, Slate Magazine, "Sympathy for North Korea," 3 Jan. 2018 Chavoor's mind reeled, but there wasn't time to dwell on it. Sean Flynn, Esquire, "The Perfect Fire," 9 Mar. 2017 That’s why prefab manufacturer LivingHomes has unveiled the LivingHome AD1, a versatile accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that can act as a spare room in the backyard—or stand on its own as a tiny home. Alex Bazeley, Curbed, "New prefab home can be yours for under $100K," 24 July 2018 The special use permit calls for retaining a one-bedroom dwelling unit and converting a three-bedroom unit into two bedrooms and a larger living room, according to special use plans. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Building that used to house restaurant and apartments can no longer be occupied that way: Morton Grove officials," 19 Mar. 2018 The bill, which would take effect July 1, would allow adults older than 21 to possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and have two mature marijuana plants or four immature plants in each dwelling unit, no matter how many people live there. Washington Post, "Vermont could be first to legalize marijuana through legislative act," 6 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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dwell

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dwell

literary + formal : to live in a particular place

dwell

verb
\ 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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