to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
Don’t dwell on the past.
Her students were ready to move on, but she dwelled on about Chapter 7.
I have dwelt upon the greatness of Athens because I want to show you that we are contending for a higher prize than those who enjoy none of these privileges, and to establish by manifest proof the merit of these men whom I am now commemorating.
Thucydides -- Pericles’s Funeral Oration
I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort.
Lois Lowry -- The Giver
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live, remember that.
J.K. Rowling -- Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
Gramps had a way of dwelling on the negative.
Nicholas Sparks -- The Lucky One
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
—loving to dwell long upon these themes.
Henry David Thoreau -- Walden
Ashima is outraged by the remark, dwelling on it all day.
Jhumpa Lahiri -- The Namesake
Let me look right into your moonlit face and dwell on every line and curve in it!