- to inhabit.
- to possess (a person), as a moral principle or motivating force: compassion that indwells the heart.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for indwelling
This root is the indwelling of God the Holy Ghost in the soul.General Gordon
Why should not men be as much moved by the indwelling Spirit, as they were when full of drink?Broken Bread
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.Gloria Crucis
J. H. Beibitz
- (tr) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
- (intr) to dwell; exist
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Word Origin and History for indwelling
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