\ ˈdwel How to pronounce dwell (audio) \
dwelled\ ˈdweld How to pronounce dwell (audio) , ˈdwelt \ or dwelt\ ˈdwelt How to pronounce dwell (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 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 When Valentine's Day came, the widows met online to play Bingo rather than dwell on their solitude. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Though many will dwell on Virk’s own shortcomings as a play-by-play commentator, his departure appears to be part of a bigger story of WWE being unable to solidify a cohesive announce team long enough to satisfy its impossible-to-please chairman. Alfred Konuwa, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Ultimately, the source says Randolph won't dwell on the past. Aili Nahas, PEOPLE.com, 21 Apr. 2021 To be hard is to let things roll off you, to live in the present, to not dwell or worry. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2021 Changemakers, folks who dwell in the sacred healing practice of transformation. Cydney Lee, Billboard, 30 Apr. 2021 Bookstores and cats are a familiar pairing in many locations, so beloved that the Instagram account bookstorecats, which documents felines who dwell in or are frequent visitors to bookstores, has 23,000 followers. Rachel Kramer Bussel, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2021 But Moore doesn't dwell on if his shorter college career, if his height (5-7), or if anything else factored into his draft placement. Katherine Fitzgerald, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2021 In middle school, American students seldom dwell for long on the Louisiana Purchase or the reasons that Napoleon was willing to sell such a vast parcel of land. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 23 Apr. 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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The first known use of dwell was in the 13th century

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14 Jun 2021

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“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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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