\ 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 Ligon’s story is no different from thousands of other young Black boys who dwell in a pit of precarious moments, with no regard for their own lives or anyone else’s. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Joe Ligon, America’s longest-serving juvenile lifer, has a message for young Black offenders," 22 Feb. 2021 Learn from your mistakes, but don’t dwell on past errors to the extent that you are frozen in place. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 16, 2021: Leo, spread your wings, get active; Libra, don’t let flirtation go further," 16 Feb. 2021 Don’t expect screenwriters to dwell on that, obviously. The Economist, "Global finance The real revolution on Wall Street," 6 Feb. 2021 Or to dwell on the memorials on the Mall following the model set, in 1981, by Ronald Reagan, the first president to speak from the West Front of the Capitol with the grandeur of Washington spread out before him. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "The Democrats Keep Recycling Tired Rhetoric," 11 Jan. 2021 Once the terms of the inheritance are disclosed, do not dwell on the division of the spoils. Mark A. Stein Rate.com, Star Tribune, "Inheritance is unfair; prepare your emotions and avoid misery," 5 Dec. 2020 That said, Conant noted, Biden had the advantage on Inauguration Day of not having to dwell too much on specifics. David Lauter, Los Angeles Times, "News Analysis: Biden calls for ‘unity’ while warning against ‘lies’," 20 Jan. 2021 The media and many fans tend to dwell on Dorsey’s big deal with the Giants for Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon. Terry Pluto, cleveland, "How to wrap our minds around John Dorsey’s impact on the Browns and Chiefs – Terry Pluto," 13 Jan. 2021 For Maryland, the best part about a short week that features a matchup with Minnesota on Friday night is that the Terrapins didn't have to dwell too long on their miserable season-opening performance at Northwestern. Star Tribune, "After 40-point loss, Maryland regroups to prepare for Gophers," 27 Oct. 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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26 Feb 2021

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“Dwell.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dwell. Accessed 7 Mar. 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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