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DWELL (dwelt)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dwell mean? 

DWELL (verb)
  The verb DWELL has 4 senses:

1. think moodily or anxiously about something
2. originate (in)
3. inhabit or live in
4. come back to

  Familiarity information: DWELL used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DWELL (verb)


Sense 1dwell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Think moodily or anxiously about something

Classified under:

Verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting

Synonyms:

brood; dwell

Hypernyms (to "dwell" is one way to...):

care; worry (be concerned with)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP

Also:

dwell on (delay)


Sense 2dwell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Originate (in)

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

consist; lie in; belong; dwell; lie

Context example:

The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country

Hypernyms (to "dwell" is one way to...):

be; exist (have an existence, be extant)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dwell"):

inhere (be inherent in something)

appertain; pertain (be a part or attribute of)

Sentence frame:

Something is ----ing PP


Sense 3dwell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Inhabit or live in

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

live; inhabit; dwell

Context examples:

People lived in Africa millions of years ago / The people inhabited the islands that are now deserted / this kind of fish dwells near the bottom of the ocean

Hypernyms (to "dwell" is one way to...):

be (occupy a certain position or area; be somewhere)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "dwell"):

neighbor; neighbour (live or be located as a neighbor)

board; room (live and take one's meals at or in)

bivouac; camp; camp out; encamp; tent (live in or as if in a tent)

lodge (be a lodger; stay temporarily)

cohabit; shack up (room or live together; usually said of people who are not married and live together as a couple)

people; populate (furnish with people)

domicile; domiciliate; reside; shack (make one's home in a particular place or community)

lodge in; occupy; reside (live (in a certain place))

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


Sense 4dwell [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Come back to

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

harp; dwell

Context examples:

Don't dwell on the past / She is always harping on the same old things

Hypernyms (to "dwell" is one way to...):

ingeminate; iterate; reiterate; repeat; restate; retell (to say, state, or perform again)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s PP


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