Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DWELT

He dwelt on the childhood of Philothea with peculiar pleasure.

I could not remember those with whom I had dwelt there, not even my mother.

"She dwelt under the palm-tree;" or, as it might be rendered, in a forest of palms.

But still in De Montaigne's breast there dwelt a horrible fear.

His eyes turned, and dwelt sharply upon the face of Good Indian.

It was not surprising that all the world loved her, and those who dwelt in the sky most of all.

And the bearers carried him to the city in which dwelt the king, the queen and their daughter.

In the land of the four rivers there dwelt a man who was very rich.

In a village in that section there once dwelt a wealthy man.

This was the Paradise in which the Adam of her heart had dwelt, before his fall.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English dwellan "to mislead, deceive," originally "to make a fool of, lead astray," from Proto-Germanic *dwaljanan (cf. Old Norse dvöl "delay," dvali "sleep;" Middle Dutch dwellen "to stun, make giddy, perplex;" Old High German twellen "to hinder, delay;" Danish dvale "trance, stupor," dvaelbær "narcotic berry," source of Middle English dwale "nightshade"), from PIE *dhwel-, from root *dheu- (1) "dust, cloud, vapor, smoke" (and related notions of "defective perception or wits").

Related to Old English gedweola "error, heresy, madness." Sense shifted in Middle English through "hinder, delay," to "linger" (c.1200, as still in phrase to dwell upon), to "make a home" (mid-13c.). Related: Dwelled; dwelt; dwells.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.