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.
Origin of indwell
Related formsin·dwell·er, noun
First recorded in 1350–1400, indwell
is from the Middle English
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Historical Examples of indwelling
This root is the indwelling of God the Holy Ghost in the soul.
Why should not men be as much moved by the indwelling Spirit, as they were when full of drink?
On His side the love, the impartation, the indwelling, are all perfect.
Now, secondly, notice the fruitfulness of this indwelling light.
The humanity of every man is the indwelling in him of the Word Who became flesh.
British Dictionary definitions for indwelling
verb -dwells, -dwelling or -dwelt
Derived Formsindweller, noun
(tr) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
(intr) to dwell; exist
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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.
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