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Meaning of DWELL

Pronunciation:  dwel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  think moodily or anxiously about something
  2. [v]  come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"
  3. [v]  make one's home or live in; "There are only 250,000 people in Iceland"; "I live in a 200-year old house"; "These people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted"; "The plains are sparsely populated"
  4. [v]  originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

DWELL is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: belong, brood, consist, domicile, domiciliate, harp, inhabit, lie, lie in, live, people, populate, reside, shack, worry
 See Also: appertain, be, bivouac, board, camp, camp out, chew over, cohabit, contemplate, dwell on, encamp, excogotate, exist, ingeminate, inhere, iterate, linger over, live in, live out, lodge, lodge in, meditate, mull, mull over, muse, neighbor, neighbour, occupy, overpopulate, pertain, ponder, reflect, reiterate, repeat, restate, retell, room, ruminate, rusticate, shack up, sleep in, sleep out, speculate, tent, think over



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dwell\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dwelled}, usually contracted
    into {Dwelt} (?); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dwelling}.] [OE. dwellen,
    dwelien, to err, linger, AS. dwellan to deceive, hinder,
    delay, dwelian to err; akin to Icel. dvelja to delay, tarry,
    Sw. dv["a]ljas to dwell, Dan. dv[ae]le to linger, and to E.
    dull. See {Dull}, and cf. {Dwale}.]
    1. To delay; to linger. [Obs.]
    2. To abide; to remain; to continue.
             I 'll rather dwell in my necessity.   --Shak.
             Thy soul was like a star and dwelt apart.
    3. To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live
       in a place; to reside.
             The parish in which I was born, dwell, and have
             possessions.                          --Peacham.
             The poor man dwells in a humble cottage near the
             hall where the lord of the domain resides. --C. J.
    {To dwell in}, to abide in (a place); hence, to depend on.
       ``My hopes in heaven to dwell.'' --Shak.
    {To dwell on} or {upon}, to continue long on or in; to remain
       absorbed with; to stick to; to make much of; as, to dwell
       upon a subject; a singer dwells on a note.
             They stand at a distance, dwelling on his looks and
             language, fixed in amazement.         --Buckminster.
    Syn: To inhabit; live; abide; sojourn; reside; continue;
         stay; rest.
  2. \Dwell\, v. t.
    To inhabit. [R.] --Milton.
Easton Bible Dictionary

Tents were in primitive times the common dwellings of men. Houses were afterwards built, the walls of which were frequently of mud (Job 24:16; Matt. 6:19, 20) or of sun-dried bricks.

God "dwells in light" (1 Tim. 6:16; 1 John 1:7), in heaven (Ps. 123:1), in his church (Ps. 9:11; 1 John 4:12). Christ dwelt on earth in the days of his humiliation (John 1:14). He now dwells in the hearts of his people (Eph. 3:17-19). The Holy Spirit dwells in believers (1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Tim. 1:14). We are exhorted to "let the word of God dwell in us richly" (Col. 3:16; Ps. 119:11).

Dwell deep occurs only in Jer. 49:8, and refers to the custom of seeking refuge from impending danger, in retiring to the recesses of rocks and caverns, or to remote places in the desert.

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