[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. industrials,
  2. industrious,
  3. industriously,
  4. industry,
  5. industrywide,
  6. indwelling,
  7. indwelling catheter,
  8. indy,
  9. indy 500,
  10. indy car racing

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indwelt

  • The word “spirit” seems to refer to their human faculty, though of course as indwelt and possessed by the Divine Spirit.

    The Prayers of St. Paul|W. H. Griffith Thomas
  • They are actuated and indwelt by Vishnu, but they are not he.

British Dictionary definitions for indwelt


/ (ɪnˈdwɛl) /

verb -dwells, -dwelling or -dwelt

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

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