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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 = focused for a long time
  • I've got to stop dwelling on this.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • dwelling = letting attention stay on something
  • 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
  • Lately, a few vague thoughts of marriage to Chase had formed in her mind, but she had not dared dwell on them.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • dwell = focus (let attention stay)
  • I will not dwell on the experience because it causes us all terrible discomfort.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dwell = talk longer
  • "She's fine," he said without dwelling on his wife.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • dwelling = continuing to talk (about something)
  • Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • dwell = talk excessively (about something)
  • It said this over and over again, and as it dwelt on it, anxiety mounted in every heart that heaved on a bamboo bed that night.
    Chinua Achebe  --  Things Fall Apart
dwelt = focused

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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
  • He chose an alias, Saburo Ohta, a common name unlikely to attract notice or dwell in anyone's memory.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • dwell = live or remain
  • "But value dwells not in particular will," said the Savage.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • dwells = lives
  •   I do remember an apothecary—
      And hereabouts he dwells,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • dwells = lives
  • Never would she have taken a barefoot marsh dweller as a daughter-in-law.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • dweller = one who lives in a place
  • That the spirit of the Lord cannot dwell in an unclean vessel, and that no vessel is clean when it forsakes God and relies on man.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • dwell = live
  • 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 propose," replied I, "to fly from the habitations of man, to dwell in those wilds where the beasts of the field will be your only companions."
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
dwell = live

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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 = home
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • We searched the entire valley and did not find her dwelling.
  • dwelling = home
  • Go immediately to your dwelling at the conclusion of Training Hours each day.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • dwelling = home
  • ... and on the threshold of the door the Spirit smiled, and stopped to bless Bob Cratchit's dwelling with the sprinkling of his torch.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • dwelling = home
  • He turned his outsized pickup onto the track and cruised quietly toward the dwelling, easing to a stop fifty feet from the door.
    Delia Owens  --  Where the Crawdads Sing
  • 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
  • On examining my dwelling, I found that one of the windows of the cottage had formerly occupied a part of it, but the panes had been filled up with wood.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • 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

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