\ 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

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 Polls suggest that by the end of her reign, around 25% of the public no longer wished to dwell within a monarchy, with the young less keen than their elders on a nonelected head of state. Rosa Prince, CNN, 19 Sep. 2022 Children with uncontrolled asthma often dwell in the city’s most impoverished and under-resourced neighborhoods. Talis Shelbourne, jsonline.com, 26 Aug. 2022 Inside, Father Eduardo Morales — an Uvalde native — urged mourners not to dwell on Amerie Jo’s death, but rather to celebrate her life. Los Angeles Times, 31 May 2022 Femcels dwell in that ambivalent space all the time. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, 12 May 2022 While best not to dwell on it (or bring up contentious topics), briefly sharing your feelings about a situation can help nurture connectivity with peers. Avery Blank, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Richard doesn’t want to dwell on his brother’s last moments or his absence. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 12 June 2022 No one wants to dwell on the town cars, or the epic expense accounts, or the legions of assistants. New York Times, 4 Dec. 2021 But one person who doesn’t appear eager to dwell on that question, at least not publicly, is Pence himself, who has been biding his time giving speeches and setting up an organization called Advancing American Freedom. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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