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indwell

[in-dwel]
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verb (used with object), in·dwelt, in·dwell·ing.
  1. to inhabit.
  2. to possess (a person), as a moral principle or motivating force: compassion that indwells the heart.
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verb (used without object), in·dwelt, in·dwell·ing.
  1. to dwell (usually followed by in).
  2. to abide within, as a guiding force, motivating principle, etc. (usually followed by in): a divine spirit indwelling in nature and the universe.
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Origin of indwell

First recorded in 1350–1400, indwell is from the Middle English word indwellen. See in-1, dwell
Related formsin·dwell·er, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Why should not a form of conscious life so interact with what would otherwise be dead matter as to 'indwell' it?

    Theodicy

    G. W. Leibniz


British Dictionary definitions for indwell

indwell

verb -dwells, -dwelling or -dwelt
  1. (tr) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
  2. (intr) to dwell; exist
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Derived Formsindweller, noun
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