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.

verb -dwells, -dwelling or -dwelt

  1. (tr) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
  2. (intr) to dwell; exist

“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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