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Definition of DWELL

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Dwell \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[aum]ljas to dwell, Dan. dv[ae]le to linger, and to E. dull. See {Dull}, and cf. {Dwale}.]
     1. To delay; to linger. [Obs.]
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     2. To abide; to remain; to continue.
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              I 'll rather dwell in my necessity.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              Thy soul was like a star and dwelt apart.
                                                    --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

     3. To abide as a permanent resident, or for a time; to live in a place; to reside. [1913 Webster]

              The parish in which I was born, dwell, and have possessions.                          --Peacham. [1913 Webster]

              The poor man dwells in a humble cottage near the hall where the lord of the domain resides. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster]

     {To dwell in}, to abide in (a place); hence, to depend on.
        "My hopes in heaven to dwell." --Shak.

     {To dwell on} or {To dwell 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. [1913 Webster]

              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. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Dwell \Dwell\, v. t.
     To inhabit. [R.] --Milton.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

67 Moby Thesaurus words for "dwell":
     abide, berth, bide, bunk, carry on, cohabit, continue, continue to be, defeat time, defy time, dig, domicile, domiciliate, doss down, emphasize, endure, exist, extend, focus on, go on, hang out, harp on, hold, hold on, hold out, inhabit, inhere, keep, keep on, labor, last, last long, last out, lie, live, live on, live through, lodge, maintain, nest, occupy, perch, perdure, perennate, persist, persist in, prevail, remain, reside, rest, room, roost, run, run on, squat, stand, stay, stay on, stress, subsist, survive, sustain, tarry, tenant, tide over, wear, wear well


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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