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dwell (up)on (someone or something)

1. To obsessively think or worry about something. Try not to dwell on this rejection, honey. There are plenty of other nice boys you can ask to the dance.
2. To inhabit a particular place or surface. I want to become a scientist and study the creatures that dwell upon other planets. That type of animal dwells exclusively on land.
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dwell (up)on someone or something

to remain on the [important] subject of someone or something for a long time. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I can't dwell upon this subject anymore. There is no need to dwell on Sarah further.
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dwell (up)on something

to live on something, such as the planet Earth. (Upon is more formal than on.) This is the largest turtle that dwells upon the earth. Many creatures dwell on this earth.
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*in an ivory tower

Fig. in a place, such as a university, where one can be aloof from the realities of living. (Typ—ically: be ~; dwell ~; live ~; work ~.) If you didn't spend so much time in your ivory tower, you'd know what people really think! Many professors are said to live in ivory towers. They don't know what the real world is like.
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dwell on

Also, dwell upon. Linger over; ponder, speak or write at length. For example, Let's not dwell on this topic too long; we have a lot to cover today. [c. 1500]
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dwell on

v.
To think or talk about something to an excessive degree: The teacher dwelled on the subject of tardiness for several minutes.
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Even allowing for the fact that some dwellings were built to be used as holiday homes (these are itemised separately in the figures from vacant dwellings), one has to wonder why so much investment was poured into dud real estate.
The proportion of the population living in dwellings with no bath or shower ranged from less than 1% in 17 member states to 41% in Romania, 18% in Latvia and 16% in Lithuania and Bulgaria.
Where a construction contract involves the construction of both commercial units and dwelling units, a taxpayer must allocate the costs between the two types of units based on some reasonable method or a combination of reasonable methods.
Of the remaining completions 34 dwellings were completed by registered social landlords and five dwellings were completed by local authorities.
However, the situation dramatically changed at the end of 1998 and at the beginning of 1999, when unprecedented boom in dwelling purchasing took place in Lithuanian real estate market.
And Quest Cares, The philanthropic arm of Dwelling Quest, was actively involved in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts through its partnership with the Pajama Program, a national children's charity that provides new pajamas to needy and/or abused children.
This cave dwelling is horizontally aligned against loess slope, mostly facing south to absorb sunshine during daytime.
Also here are the precisely striped clay hills of the Painted Desert, as well as 800-year-old remnants of ancient villages - pueblos, cliff dwellings, even masonry homes made of hunks of petrified wood.
However, under the final regulations, no allocation of gain is required if both the residential and business portions of the property are within the same dwelling unit.
It is held in the Jewish text that God created this physical world as a dwelling place for man.
While overall populations of many forest dwelling species are stable or increasing, several have suffered serious declines.
Based on the inventories describing an abundant number of chairs per dwelling and numerous kitchen items, she deduces that eighteenth-century Parisians entertained in their homes, giving dinners for groups of people around the table or the fire.
These two statements reflect the historical importance of the private dwelling in Anglo-American culture and law.