1. [ verb ] think moodily or anxiously about something
Synonyms: brood worry
Related terms: chew_over worry dwell_on
2. [ verb ] originate (in)
Synonyms: lie_in lie belong consist

"The problems dwell in the social injustices in this country"

Related terms: exist pertain inhere lie
3. [ verb ] (housing) make one's home or live in
Synonyms: live reside populate inhabit domicile people domiciliate shack

"There are only 250,000 people in Iceland" "I live in a 200-year old house" "These people inhabited all the islands that are now deserted" "The plains are sparsely populated"

Related terms: be camp occupy lodge board cohabit overpopulate neighbor rusticate live_in live_out people dwelling population resident inhabitant hovel residency inhabitancy liver
4. [ verb ] come back to
Synonyms: harp

"Don't dwell on the past" "She is always harping on the same old things"

Related terms: repeat
Similar spelling:   Dowell