1. To delay; to linger.
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. . To dwell on or 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)
Synonym: to inhabit, live, abide, sojourn, reside, continue, stay, rest.
Origin: Dwelled, usually contracted into Dwelt; Dwelling OE. Dwellen, dwelien, to err, linger, as. Dwellan to deceive, hinder, delay, dwelian to err; akin to Icel. Dvelja to delay, tarry, Sw. Dvaljas to dwell, dan. Dvaele to linger, and to E. Dull. See dull, and cf. Dwale.