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as in: a modest dwelling Define
a house or shelter in which someone lives
  • She laid her hand on my arm, and hurried me on to one of the sombre streets, of which there are several in that part, where the houses were once fair dwellings in the occupation of single families, but have, and had, long degenerated into poor lodgings let off in rooms.

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  • There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
  • We searched the entire valley and did not find her dwelling.

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  • I am glad to dwell upon the earnestness and love with which she lifted up her face to mine, and did so.
  • If you would come and see us, any afternoon, and take a cup of tea at our lowly dwelling, mother would be as proud of your company as I should be.’

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  • Here is my umble dwelling, Master Copperfield!’
  • But the first boy seems to me a mighty creature, dwelling afar off, whose giddy height is unattainable.
  • My aunt walked into that story, and walked out of it, a dread and awful personage; but there was one little trait in her behaviour which I liked to dwell on, and which gave me some faint shadow of encouragement.
  • But Mrs. Markleham changed her chair for one next the Doctor’s, and putting her fan on his coat-sleeve, said: ’No, really, my dear Doctor, you must excuse me if I appear to dwell on this rather, because I feel so very strongly.
  • Strange to say, that quiet influence which was inseparable in my mind from Agnes, seemed to pervade even the city where she dwelt.
  • It was a fine morning, and early, and I thought I would go and take a stroll down one of those wire-arched walks, and indulge my passion by dwelling on her image.
  • But if the various banking-houses refuse to avail themselves of Mr. Micawber’s abilities, or receive the offer of them with contumely, what is the use of dwelling upon THAT idea?
  • But if Mr. Micawber cannot get into those firms — which decline to answer his letters, when he offers his services even in an inferior capacity — what is the use of dwelling upon that idea?

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  • We strolled a long way, and loaded ourselves with things that we thought curious, and put some stranded starfish carefully back into the water — I hardly know enough of the race at this moment to be quite certain whether they had reason to feel obliged to us for doing so, or the reverse — and then made our way home to Mr. Peggotty’s dwelling.
  • I dwelt upon the fact that Sophy — who I do assure you, Copperfield, is the dearest girl!
  • ’You said that you dwelt upon the fact —’
  • With a washerwoman, who exposes hard-bake for sale in her parlour-window, dwelling next door, and a Bow-street officer residing over the way, you may imagine that his society is a source of consolation to myself and to Mrs. Micawber.
  • ’You touch a point that my thoughts have been dwelling on since yesterday,’ said I, ’but on which I can give you no information yet, Mr. Omer.
  • Altogether, it was a scene I could not help dwelling on with pleasure, for a long time after I got back and had wished Traddles good night.

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as in: Don't dwell on it. Define
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
as in: It dwells in the forest. Define
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
as in: a modest dwelling Define
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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