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dwell
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1  —as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Definition to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
  • Don't dwell on the past.
dwell = think or talk about something longer than seems appropriate
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her students were ready to move on, but she dwelled on about Chapter 7.
  • dwelled = talked or kept attention on something for a prolonged period
  • I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dwell = talk longer
  • It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • dwell = think excessively about
  • I didn't have time to dwell on my worries.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • dwell = think excessively about
  • I've got to stop dwelling on this.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • dwelling = letting attention stay on something
  • Fain would I dwell on form.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • dwell = focus (let attention stay)
  • So forcibly did he dwell upon this symbol ... that it assumed new terrors in their imagination, and seemed to derive its scarlet hue from the flames of the infernal pit.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • dwell = keep talking about
  • There have been joys too great to be described in words, and there have been griefs upon which I have not dared to dwell; and with these in mind I say: Climb if you will, but remember that courage and strength are nought without prudence, and that a momentary negligence may destroy the happiness of a lifetime.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • dwell = focus (let attention stay)
  • Let me look right into your moonlit face and dwell on every line and curve in it!
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
dwell = let attention stay on for a prolonged period

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2  —as in:
It dwells in the forest.
Definition make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
  • The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • There family has dwelled in that valley for ten generations.
  • dwelled = lived
  • There in captivity he lets them dwell
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • dwell = live there
  •   I do remember an apothecary—
      And hereabouts he dwells,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • dwells = lives
  • There have been from the loins of this very one great men and good women, and their graves make sacred the earth where alone this foulness can dwell.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • dwell = live
  •   You might belong in Gryffindor,
      Where dwell the brave at heart,
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
  • dwell = live (make their home)
  • ...the woman has been a dweller here in Boston.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • dweller = one who lives in a place
  • The cloves and saccharine, themselves disgusting enough in their sickly way, could not disguise the flat oily smell; and what was worst of all was that the smell of gin, which dwelt with him night and day, was inextricably mixed up in his mind with the smell of those.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • dwelt = stayed
  • As the great arctic explorer and Nobel laureate Fridtjof Nansen points out, "these remarkable voyages were .... undertaken chiefly from the wish to find lonely places, where these anchorites might dwell in peace, undisturbed by the turmoil and temptations of the world."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • dwell = live
  • ...why dwell you among the summits where eagles build their nests?
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
dwell = live (make your home)

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3  —as in:
a modest dwelling
Definition a house or shelter in which someone lives
  • There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = a home in which someone lives
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We searched the entire valley and did not find her dwelling.
  • dwelling = a house or shelter in which someone lives
  • Go immediately to your dwelling at the conclusion of Training Hours each day.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dwelling = home
  • All of those things were in this spacious room, though each was slightly different from those in his own dwelling.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dwelling = home
  • Crumbling stone dwellings of the long-vanished Kayenta Anasazi, the creators of this rock art, nestle in protective nooks.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • dwellings = homes
  • ...they reached the dwelling of Governor Bellingham.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • dwelling = home
  • (every ruin in India becomes sooner or later a dwelling place of snakes, and the old summerhouse was alive with cobras)
    Rudyard Kipling  --  The Jungle Book
  • dwelling = home
  • It was only on very rare occasions that one saw inside the dwelling-places of the Inner Party, or even penetrated into the quarter of the town where they lived.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • dwelling = living
  • Unlike Nadia, he felt in part guilty that they and their fellow residents were occupying a home that was not their own, and guilty also at the visible deterioration brought on by their presence, the presence of over fifty inhabitants in a single dwelling.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • dwelling = home
  • in the war of 1812, her dwelling was set on fire by English soldiers ... when she was away,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
dwelling = house

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