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Princeton's WordNet

  1. brood, dwellverb

    think moodily or anxiously about something

  2. dwell, consist, lie, lie inverb

    originate (in)

    "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

  3. populate, dwell, live, inhabitverb

    inhabit or live in; be an inhabitant of

    "People lived in Africa millions of years ago"; "The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted"; "this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean"; "deer are populating the woods"

  4. dwell, inhabitverb

    exist or be situated within

    "Strange notions inhabited her mind"

  5. harp, dwellverb

    come back to

    "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always harping on the same old things"


  1. dwellnoun

    A period of time in which a system or component remains in a given state.

  2. dwellnoun

    A brief pause in the motion of part of a mechanism to allow an operation to be completed.

  3. dwellnoun

    A planned delay in a timed control program.

  4. dwellnoun

    In a petrol engine, the period of time the ignition points are closed to let current flow through the ignition coil in between each spark. This is measured as an angle in degrees around the camshaft in the distributor which controls the points, for example in a 4-cylinder engine it might be 55° (spark at 90° intervals, points closed for 55° between each).

  5. dwellverb

    To live; to reside.

  6. dwellverb

    To linger (on) a particular thought, idea etc.; to remain fixated (on).

  7. dwellverb

    To be in a given state.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Dwellverb

    To inhabit.

    I saw and heard; for we sometimes
    Who dwell this wild, constrain’d by want, come forth
    To town or village nigh. John Milton, Paradise Regained, b. i.

  2. To DWELLverb

    preterite dwelt, or dwelled.

    Etymology: duala, old Teutonick, is stay, delay; duelia, Islandick, to stay, to stand still.

    If thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee, thou shalt not compel him to serve as a bond-servant. Lev. xxv. 39.

    He shall dwell alone, without the camp shall his habitation be. Lev. xiii. 46.

    John Haywood and Sir Thomas More, in the parish wherein I was born, dwelt and had possessions. Henry Peacham, on Poetry.

    Why are you vex’d, lady? Why do you frown?
    Here dwell no frowns, nor anger; from these gates
    Sorrow flies far. John Milton.

    Abraham sojourned in the land of Promise as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles. Heb. xi. 9.

    ’Tis safer to be that which we destroy,
    Than by destruction dwell in doubtful joy. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Th’ attentive queen
    Dwelt on his accents, and her gloomy eyes
    Sparkled with gentler fires. Edmund Smith, Phæd. and Hippolitus.

    Such was that face, on which I dwelt with joy,
    Ere Greece assembled, stemm’d the tides to Troy;
    But parting then for that detested shore,
    Our eyes, unhappy! never greeted more. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    He preach’d the joys of heav’n and pains of hell,
    And warn’d the sinner with becoming zeal;
    But on eternal mercy lov’d to dwell. John Dryden, Good Parson.

    We have dwelt pretty long on the considerations of space and duration. John Locke.

    Those who defend our negotiators, dwell upon their zeal and patience. Jonathan Swift.


  1. dwell

    Dwell is a verb that refers to the act of living or residing in a particular place. It means to inhabit or occupy a certain location for an extended period of time. Additionally, it can also imply a state of being absorbed or focused on a particular thought or feeling.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dwellverb

    to delay; to linger

  2. Dwellverb

    to abide; to remain; to continue

  3. Dwellverb

    to abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live in a place; to reside

  4. Dwellverb

    to inhabit


  1. Dwell

    Dwell is an American magazine devoted to modern architecture and design. It was launched in September 2000 by mail-order heiress Lara Hedberg Deam with architecture and design critic Karrie Jacobs as its editor-in-chief. In August 2002 Jacobs left the magazine and was replaced by senior editor Allison Arieff. Arieff subsequently resigned in August 2006, citing a "fundamental change in the magazine's mission and philosophy" as her reason for leaving. Dwell is published 10 times a year by Dwell Media, LLC. The current subscription is priced at $19.95 a year. According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, by the close of 2005 the magazine's circulation exceeded 260,000, a 25.5 percent increase over 2004. Recently, president and publisher Michela O’Connor Abrams has attempted to capitalize on the magazine’s success by introducing a number of branded spin-offs, including a limited edition minimalist athletic sneaker designed by Medium Design Group and a weekly TV series on the Fine Living cable network. Dwell LLC also publishes a popular design website dwell.com and produces an annual design conference and exhibition called Dwell on Design. Approximately 50% of the pages in a typical issue of Dwell are used for advertising.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dwell

    dwel, v.i. to abide in a place: to remain: to rest the attention: to continue long.—v.t. (Milt.) to inhabit, to place:—pr.p. dwell′ing; pa.t. and pa.p. dwelled or dwelt.—ns. Dwell′er; Dwell′ing, the place where one dwells: habitation: continuance; Dwell′ing-house, a house used as a dwelling, in distinction from a place of business or other building; Dwell′ing-place, a place of residence. [A.S. dwellan, to cause to wander, to delay, from dwal or dol, the original of Eng. dull.]

Editors Contribution

  1. dwellverb

    To live at or in a (place, country, etc.)

    I dwell in the USA.

    Submitted by zakaria1409 on July 12, 2022  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dwell in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dwell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of dwell in a Sentence

  1. John Kasich:

    I think we need to get over that. I'm not for it anymore. Let these people who are born here be citizens and that's the end of it. I don't want to dwell on it.

  2. George Bernard Shaw:

    Man can climb to the highest summits, but he cannot dwell there long.

  3. Francis de Sales:

    It is the mark of a mean, vulgar and ignoble spirit to dwell on the thought of food before meal times or worse to dwell on it afterwards, to discuss it and wallow in the remembered pleasures of every mouthful. Those whose minds dwell before dinner on the spit, and after on the dishes, are fit only to be scullions.

  4. Adam Medros:

    Over 3.1 billion travelers pass through airports each year, with the average traveler spending 150 minutes of airport 'dwell time' between arriving at the terminal to the doors of the plane closing at the gate, we want to help them quickly find things to do on the site while they're waiting to catch a flight, or book an airport hotel when they need a place to stay.

  5. Joanne George:

    Dogs can come back from anything, they can forget their past, we as humans, dwell on the past.

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    cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
    • A. abase
    • B. summon
    • C. affront
    • D. transpire

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