\ 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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Granny Pad is an airy, open, awesome 571-square-foot detached accessory dwelling unit (DADU) behind the Maple Leaf home Irene’s daughter Ilga Parmentier shares with her husband, Kyle Parmentier; their baby, Kaija; and Mila the dog. Sandy Deneau Dunham, The Seattle Times, "This is not your grandmother’s backyard cottage," 13 Apr. 2019 And that’s a terribly awesome thing worth dwelling on. Brian Resnick, Vox, "10 science stories in 2018 that made us go, “Whoa, that’s awesome”," 18 Dec. 2018 These findings suggest that adopting a holistic approach when predicting outcomes, even for multi-faceted events like sporting competitions, may be more effective than dwelling in the details. Cindi May, Scientific American, "To Win a Sports Bet, Don't Think Too Much," 23 July 2013 Auburn's players aren't dwelling on the results of their 28-7 loss to Georgia and 34-27 loss to UCF, but rather looking back at the process that led to those results and using it as motivation this spring. Mark Heim, AL.com, "Sonny Smith reacts to Tony Barbee's trolling of Auburn after NCAA tournament loss to Clemson," 19 Mar. 2018 That said, the White House’s trade hawks might not want to dwell on this precedent, for reasons outlined by Business Insider’s Linette Lopez: In 2002 the EU, especially, was ready to put a hurt on the US economy. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump (Finally) Declares His Trade War," 1 Mar. 2018 These aquatic critters dwell at extreme ocean deaths, making them very difficult to study, and scientists are still learning new things about them. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Scientists Identify New Species of Elusive Deep-Sea Shark," 22 Feb. 2018 Rather than dwelling on her frustration, Underwood is making a vow to embrace her body in all its iterations. Glamour, "Carrie Underwood Just Slammed the Idea of ‘Bouncing Back’ After Having a Baby," 19 Mar. 2019 Many a talking head on TV no doubt instantly reverted from dwelling on the horror of the accident to the horror of Mr. Trump’s presumptively stupid and inappropriate comments. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Planes Crash, So Does the Media," 12 Mar. 2019

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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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