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indwell

[in-dwel] /ɪnˈdwɛl/
verb (used with object), indwelt, indwelling.
1.
to inhabit.
2.
to possess (a person), as a moral principle or motivating force:
compassion that indwells the heart.
verb (used without object), indwelt, indwelling.
3.
to dwell (usually followed by in).
4.
to abide within, as a guiding force, motivating principle, etc. (usually followed by in):
a divine spirit indwelling in nature and the universe.
Origin of indwell
1350-1400
First recorded in 1350-1400, indwell is from the Middle English word indwellen. See in-1, dwell
Related forms
indweller, noun
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Historical Examples
  • The passer-by sees in this glass only the face of the indweller.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
  • Henceforward he is an indweller in all tongues and in all countries, in the universal past and the universal future.

    Romain Rolland Stefan Zweig
British Dictionary definitions for indweller

indwell

/ɪnˈdwɛl/
verb -dwells, -dwelling, -dwelt
1.
(transitive) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
2.
(intransitive) to dwell; exist
Derived Forms
indweller, noun
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