- Dwell is defined as to live somewhere, to remain for a time or to continue thinking, writing or speaking about a particular point.
- An example of dwell is to live in a cottage by the sea for several years.
- An example of dwell is to continue feeling angry about an argument, even though it is long over.
A birdhouse in which two little birds dwell.
dwell definition by Webster's New World
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- dweller noun
dwell definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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intransitive verb dwelt dwelt or dwelled, dwell·ing, dwells
- To live as a resident; reside.
- To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy.
- a. To fasten one's attention: kept dwelling on what went wrong. See Synonyms at brood.b. To speak or write at length; expatiate: dwelt on the need to trim the budget.
Origin: Middle English dwellen, from Old English dwellan, to mislead, delay, dwell.
- dwellˈer noun
dwell - Phrases/Idioms
dwell onor dwell upon
to linger over in thought or speech; think about or discuss at length