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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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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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Whether or not it's fatally injured me as a politician, I'll dwell upon that.
Things then moved so speedily there wasn't time to dwell upon my condition and I had the operation on February 23rd.
We can always find some humour; I can remember listening to a power-voiced minister as his words boomed across the small town market-square: "I do not intend to dwell upon the wiles of Popery, which like a giant oct-o-bus is spreading its testicles all over the civilised world".
If Jermain Defoe is the answer, Capello's problem is a lot bigger than we dare dwell upon.
The strength of Goldsmith's short biography lies in its refusal to dwell upon Marie Curie's victory over the sexist establishment and her ability to cut through the myths surrounding Curie's life, allowing facts to tell the amazing story.
A point all my recent correspondents, angered by the comparison a fortnight ago between the telly programme One Foot In The Grave and Old Trafford, might like to dwell upon for a moment.
Of course, the ``Batman'' series died with the third Caped Crusader, but we won't dwell upon that.
Improving light-middleweight Richard Williams, who impressed in his Commonwealth title victory over Canadian Tony Badea last month, will have no chance to dwell upon his triumph.
I dwell upon Gibson's essay because it is one of the most interesting in The City in African-American Literature, and because it points to a problem concerning the book's organization.
The author contrasts animal fear of death, which is always imminent, with the human propensity to dwell upon it, agonize over it, and encounter every peril with overwhelming visions of annihilation.
At the risk of being labelled a spoilsport, may I request that Carroll looks across the first-team dressingroom at St James's Park and allows his eyes to dwell upon Shola Ameobi.
They will also dwell upon the strategies being adopted by them for distributing titles by December, 2009, the target set before all by the President of India in her speech to joint Houses of Parliament in June, 2009.
THIS poem is also a hymn which can be sung to the tune Martyrdom, which begins: "To Calvary, Lord, in spirit now Our weary souls repair, To dwell upon Thy dying love, And taste its sweetness there.
This life could be a wonderful life No need to dwell upon personal strife