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[in-dwel] /ɪnˈdwɛl/
verb (used with object), indwelt, indwelling.
to inhabit.
to possess (a person), as a moral principle or motivating force:
compassion that indwells the heart.
verb (used without object), indwelt, indwelling.
to dwell (usually followed by in).
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
First recorded in 1350-1400, indwell is from the Middle English word indwellen. See in-1, dwell
Related forms
indweller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for indwelling
Historical Examples
  • This root is the indwelling of God the Holy Ghost in the soul.

    General Gordon J. Wardle
  • Why should not men be as much moved by the indwelling Spirit, as they were when full of drink?

    Broken Bread Thomas Champness
  • On His side the love, the impartation, the indwelling, are all perfect.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • Now, secondly, notice the fruitfulness of this indwelling light.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • The humanity of every man is the indwelling in him of the Word Who became flesh.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • The co-operation of our whole personality with the work of the indwelling Spirit.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • The Church which is, through the indwelling Christ, the light of the world!

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • You can only have as much holiness as you have of the indwelling Spirit.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • The promise of the indwelling and the quickening of the Holy One is to the humble and contrite.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • There is no union so intimate, so real, so perfect, as that of an indwelling life.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
British Dictionary definitions for indwelling


verb -dwells, -dwelling, -dwelt
(transitive) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
(intransitive) to dwell; exist
Derived Forms
indweller, noun
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Word Origin and History for indwelling

"act of residing," late 14c. (Wyclif's translation of Latin inhabitatio), present participle of obsolete indwell, from in (adv.) + dwell (v.). He also used indweller for Latin inhabitans.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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