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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • —loving to dwell long upon these themes.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • dwell = think (about something for a long time)
  • Ashima is outraged by the remark, dwelling on it all day.
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • dwelling = to think or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
  • Gramps had a way of dwelling on the negative.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
dwelling = letting attention stay on (or return to) something 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
  •   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
  • ...why dwell you among the summits where eagles build their nests?
    Kahlil Gibran  --  The Prophet
  • dwell = live (make your home)
  • When the warmer days come, they who dwell near the river hear the ice crack at night with a startling whoop as loud as artillery,
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • dwell = live (make their home)
  • these are birds that dwell always in the land;
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Hobbit
dwell = live (make their 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
  • ...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
  • ...and I came at long last to the dwelling of Saruman.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
dwelling = home (or place in which someone lives)

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