Definition of dwell verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dwell

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dwel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dwel//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dwell
BrE BrE//dwel//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dwel//
 
he / she / it dwells
BrE BrE//dwelz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dwelz//
 
past simple dwelt
BrE BrE//dwelt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dwelt//
 
past participle dwelt
BrE BrE//dwelt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dwelt//
 
past simple dwelled
BrE BrE//dweld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dweld//
 
past participle dwelled
BrE BrE//dweld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dweld//
 
-ing form dwelling
BrE BrE//ˈdwelɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdwelɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] + adv./prep. (formal or literary) to live somewhere He dwelt in a ruined cottage on the hillside. For ten years she dwelled among the nomads of North America. Word Origin Old English dwellan ‘lead astray, hinder, delay’ (in Middle English ‘tarry, remain in a place’), of Germanic origin; related to Middle Dutch dwellen ‘stun, perplex’ and Old Norse dvelja ‘delay, tarry, stay’.Extra examples Her mind dwelled gloomily on the future. I don’t want to dwell on this subject for too long. She had learnt never to dwell on what might have been. They had no time to dwell on present miseries. For ten years she dwelled among the nomads of Central Asia. The gorillas dwell in the high rainforests of Rwanda. Phrasal Verbsdwell on something
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