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Definition of "dwell" []

  • To live as a resident; reside. (verb-intransitive)
  • To exist in a given place or state: dwell in joy. (verb-intransitive)
  • To fasten one's attention: kept dwelling on what went wrong. See Synonyms at brood. (verb-intransitive)
  • To speak or write at length; expatiate: dwelt on the need to trim the budget. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "dwell" in a sentence
  • "I. iii.156 (129,8) [dwell in my necessity] To _dwell_ seems in this place to mean the same as to _continue_."
  • "KING: As the U.S. footprint in Iraq shrinks, the Army hopes to guarantee troops 30 months of what it calls dwell time between deployments."
  • "I've read and enjoyed all thirteen of Carroll's novels, and this one is going right on the shelf with the others, and will occupy the same oft-visited part of my mental landscape wherein dwell his other magical books."