\ 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 upontried not to dwell on my fears
b : to speak or write insistently used with on or uponreporters 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
Recent Examples on the Web The simple reason is players and coaches are not hardwired to dwell on past successes or failures. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts look to end historically bad record in season openers," 12 Sep. 2020 The fantasy world may seem like a much more pleasant place to dwell than reality. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 4, 2020: Gemini, time to learn new skill; Virgo, be a guiding light," 4 Sep. 2020 And to dwell, finally, on the evocation of a time — 4 a.m. — when almost no one is awake, and the entire world seems to blow through your vanished defenses. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "How a ‘palace’ made from chopsticks revolutionized art," 26 Aug. 2020 Now in addition to tree hollows and rocky niches, raccoons mostly dwell in urban areas. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Fun facts about raccoons, the masked bandits that steal hearts as well as garbage around San Antonio," 25 Aug. 2020 Jessi is trying not to dwell on it and instead focusing on helping others. CBS News, "Survivor continues to heal 30 years after her family's prom night murder," 15 Aug. 2020 Public reaction, too, seemed to dwell on the internal tensions and general appearance of squalor and disorder—persistent rain and poor drainage caused flooding. Brandon Tensley, Smithsonian Magazine, "Taking a Closer Look at a Mural From 1968’s Resurrection City," 20 Aug. 2020 Don't dwell on these deals too much, because they're bound to sell out fast. Sarah Han, Allure, "The Best Intimates and Loungewear to Buy During Nordstrom's Anniversary Sale," 20 Aug. 2020 The video and, by extension, Jepsen’s brand, seem to have been chiseled to appeal to those of us who dwell in topsy-turvy feeling. Rachelvoronacote, Longreads, "Carly Rae Jepsen’s Exhilarating, Emotionally Intelligent Pop Music," 10 Aug. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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How to pronounce dwell (audio)

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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