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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

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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Slum dwellers have monopolised the lowly activity of earning money from garbage collection.
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Behind his remarks, there was an implied threat that the growing hordes of urban dwellers would probably be a valuable asset, as they would add to the pressure on bad farming practices.
'The temple should be built, not the masjid!' said the slum dweller grinning from ear to ear.
The Dover Cliff Dweller was a two-hander about a man who lives on the Dover cliff top and, like Our Country's Good, was based on true events.
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The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's Metropolitan Social Service Office conducts rescue operations for street dwellers and nomads in various areas in Metro Manila as part of its Street Dwellers Care program.
U r b a n - R u r a l Breakdown: Of urban dwellers, 16% said every day (as opposed to 6% rural dwellers), 52% said once a week (42% rural), 19% said once a month (28% rural), 10% said sometimes (21% rural) and 3% said never (3% rural).
Urban-Rural Breakdown: Of urban dwellers, 16% said every day (as opposed to 6% rural dwellers), 52% said once a week (42% rural), 19% said once a month (28% rural), 10% said sometimes (21% rural) and 3% said never (3% rural).
Ohorongo Cement on Monday handed over a storage container and gave brickmaking training to 68 of the 790 members of the Narraville Shack Dwellers Federation of Namibia (SDFN) in Walvis Bay.
New mayor of the city of Nursultan Altai Kulginov called on city dwellers to appeal to him on social media, Tengrinews.kz reports.
ISLAMABAD -- The planning wing of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) has identified two more sites for construction of flats for slum dwellers.