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[dwelt] /dwɛlt/
a simple past tense and past participle of dwell.


[dwel] /dwɛl/
verb (used without object), dwelt or dwelled, dwelling.
to live or stay as a permanent resident; reside.
to live or continue in a given condition or state:
to dwell in happiness.
to linger over, emphasize, or ponder in thought, speech, or writing (often followed by on or upon):
to dwell on a particular point in an argument.
(of a moving tool or machine part) to be motionless for a certain interval during operation.
  1. a flat or cylindrical area on a cam for maintaining a follower in a certain position during part of a cycle.
  2. a period in a cycle in the operation of a machine or engine during which a given part remains motionless.
Origin of dwell
before 900; Middle English dwellen to lead astray, stun, abide, Old English dwellan to lead or go astray, hinder; cognate with Old Norse dvelja
Related forms
dweller, noun
outdwell, verb (used with object), outdwelt or outdwelled, outdwelling.
predwell, verb (used without object) Unabridged
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  • She was a daughter of Eirik Bjodaskalle, a great man, who dwelt at Oprustader.

    Heimskringla Snorri Sturlason
  • In her own palace in Asgard Freya dwelt with Hnossa, her child.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Many travellers have dwelt upon their effects, particularly upon those of the former, but few have attempted to account for them.

  • No, for that one needs to be firmly fixed on God, to be dwelt in wholly by Him.

    En Route J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans
  • We dwelt together in peace as far as might be; but there were no saints among us, such as King Edward loved.

    Star of Mercia Blanche Devereux
  • He dwelt on the immense advantages the Union had brought to all sections.

    The Negro and the Nation George S. Merriam
  • He dwelt long and lovingly over the financial pages, running his eyes up and down the columns of "to-day's transactions."

    The Unpublishable Memoirs A. S. W. Rosenbach
  • Somehow she cannot get back to the world wherein she dwelt yesterday.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • So his memory shall perish, alike in the land where he dwelt and abroad in other regions.

  • Now there dwelt, not far from the palace, an old man who had three sons.

British Dictionary definitions for dwelt


a past tense of dwell


verb (intransitive) dwells, dwelling, dwelt (dwɛlt), dwelled
(formal, literary) to live as a permanent resident
to live (in a specified state): to dwell in poverty
a regular pause in the operation of a machine
a flat or constant-radius portion on a linear or rotary cam enabling the cam follower to remain static for a brief time
Derived Forms
dweller, noun
Word Origin
Old English dwellan to seduce, get lost; related to Old Saxon bidwellian to prevent, Old Norse dvelja, Old High German twellen to prevent
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Word Origin and History for dwelt



Old English dwellan "to mislead, deceive," originally "to make a fool of, lead astray," from Proto-Germanic *dwaljanan (cf. Old Norse dvöl "delay," dvali "sleep;" Middle Dutch dwellen "to stun, make giddy, perplex;" Old High German twellen "to hinder, delay;" Danish dvale "trance, stupor," dvaelbær "narcotic berry," source of Middle English dwale "nightshade"), from PIE *dhwel-, from root *dheu- (1) "dust, cloud, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").

Related to Old English gedweola "error, heresy, madness." Sense shifted in Middle English through "hinder, delay," to "linger" (c.1200, as still in phrase to dwell upon), to "make a home" (mid-13c.). Related: Dwelled; dwelt; dwells.

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