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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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  • Animism, or the conception of indwelling spirit, arises subsequently.

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

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • The moist stone had an indwelling spirit, and was therefore 173 a holy object which made vows and agreements of binding character.

    Ancient Man in Britain Donald A. (Donald Alexander) Mackenzie
  • The humanity of every man is the indwelling in him of the Word Who became flesh.

    Gloria Crucis J. H. Beibitz
  • This mark of God's indwelling Spirit the Galatians had possessed.

  • The Church which is, through the indwelling Christ, the light of the world!

    Have We No Rights? Mabel Williamson
  • indwelling sin, in its ten thousand workings, is against us, but "He is able."

    The All-Sufficiency of Christ Charles Henry Mackintosh
  • There is no union so intimate, so real, so perfect, as that of an indwelling life.

    Holy in Christ Andrew Murray
  • The cheek that blushes, the eye that moistens, and the heart that palpitates, are sureties of indwelling purity and candor.

    Ernest Linwood Caroline Lee Hentz
  • You can only have as much holiness as you have of the indwelling Spirit.

    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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