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.
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.

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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Examples from the Web for indwelling

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?

    Broken Bread

    Thomas Champness

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for indwelling

indwell

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

"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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