indwell

[ in-dwel ]
/ ɪnˈdwɛl /

verb (used with object), in·dwelt, in·dwell·ing.

to inhabit.
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.

Origin of indwell

First recorded in 1350–1400, indwell is from the Middle English word indwellen. See in-1, dwell

Related forms

in·dwell·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indweller

  • 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 or -dwelt

(tr) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
(intr) to dwell; exist

Derived Forms

indweller, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012