[ in-dwel ]
/ ɪnˈdwɛl /
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verb (used with object), in·dwelt, in·dwell·ing.
to possess (a person), as a moral principle or motivating force: compassion that indwells the heart.
verb (used without object), in·dwelt, in·dwell·ing.
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.
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
Origin of indwell
OTHER WORDS FROM indwellindweller, noun
Words nearby indwell
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Example sentences from the Web for indwell
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
/ (ɪnˈdwɛl) /
verb -dwells, -dwelling or -dwelt
(tr) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
(intr) to dwell; exist
Derived forms of indwellindweller, noun
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