Dwell v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dwelled usually contracted into Dwelt (░); p. pr. & vb. n. Dwelling.]
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. --Wordsworth.
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. Smith.
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.
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.
Dwell v. t. To inhabit. [R.]
v 1: think moodily or anxiously about something [syn: brood]
2: originate (in); "The problems dwell in the social injustices
in this country" [syn: consist, lie, belong, lie in]
3: make one's home or live in; "She resides officially 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" [syn: shack, reside, live,
inhabit, people, populate, domicile, domiciliate]
4: come back to; "Don't dwell on the past"; "She is always
harping on the same old things" [syn: harp]
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;
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