Meaning of DWELL in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ ˈdwel ]

intransitive verb

( dwelled ˈdweld, ˈdwelt ; or dwelt ˈdwelt ; dwelling )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dwellan to go astray, hinder; akin to Old High German twellen to tarry

Date: 13th century

1. : to remain for a time


a. : to live as a resident

b. : exist , lie


a. : to keep the attention directed — used with on or upon

tried not to dwell on my fears

b. : to speak or write insistently — used with on or upon

leering reviewers dwell ed on a publicity photograph — James Atlas

• dwell·er noun

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.