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 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 Inside the now mostly collapsed dwelling, an intense tug-of-war was unfolding. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like ... a horror movie’: Camper saves family from wolf attack in Canada’s Banff National Park," 14 Aug. 2019 The script is clunky, the plot barely worth dwelling on, and the most compelling character development arcs belong to the wrong people. Anne Cohen, refinery29.com, "Dark Phoenix Isn’t Quite As Bad As The Game of Thrones Finale, But It’s Close," 7 June 2019 Abe wants Japan to stop dwelling on the past, while the emperor doesn't want his country to forget it. Fox News, "Japanese emperor tries to make amends for his father's war," 15 Aug. 2018 But Meares isn't dwelling on her accolades for too long. Tim Tadder, CNN, "'The spirit is undaunted': Portraits showcase strength of senior athletes," 29 June 2019 Instead the case dwells on whether the probate judge had the authority to freeze money in the law firm’s account. Saja Hindi, The Denver Post, "Denver man suspected of killing wife in 2015 can use her life insurance money to pay for his defense, Colorado Supreme Court rules," 27 June 2019 But so far, the committee has not dwelled on this issue. Richard Skinner, Vox, "Technology and transparency: the path to a modern Congress?," 26 June 2019 Last summer, the board dwelled on keeping Moses in the social studies curriculum as an influence to the nation’s founding fathers. Andrea Zelinski, ExpressNews.com, "Rewrite of Texas sex education standards could include lessons on contraception, gender identity," 14 June 2019 Stones, who was shaky all evening, dwelt on the ball on one too many occasions in the buildup to the winning goal to condemn England to their second semi final defeat in as many years. SI.com, "Netherlands 3-1 England: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Oranje Reach Nations League Final," 6 June 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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26 Oct 2019

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The first known use of dwell was in the 13th century

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dwell

verb
How to pronounce dwell (audio)

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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