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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.
See also: ivory, tower

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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The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 recognises and vests the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest dwelling scheduled tribes and other forest dwellers who have been residing in such forest for generations but whose rights are not recorded.
Manila: A group organised to protect the rights of informal settlers in Metro Manila criticised a government agency which announced its plan to train garbage collectors for employment, adding the training is meant to cut down earnings made by slum dwellers engaged in recovery and sale of recycled and biodegradable trash.
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With the onset of winter, the abrupt hike has triggered complaints from city dwellers.
First, there is a long-standing tradition of good-natured antagonism between Dublin and rural dwellers in Ireland.
He said the average city dweller in the UK is consuming the resources of three planets, with Cardiff residents on average consuming the resources of 2.
Antony, the Desert Dweller prototype, is said to have repeatedly sought absolute solitude, but his genius inevitably inspired discipleship: men of all ages left civilization to seek him out in the wilds.
Housing, food, travel, entertainment - all cost more to the urban dweller.
A dweller of the area, Hazrat Shah, said before they had to cross the river in small ships or with support of Cable Bridge.
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The author's a long-time urban dweller who argues that NYC has a rich natural history underlying its human history--and her 20+ years of nature exploration lends to chapters covering these natural areas.
Led by Lunkina and Alexandrova as reunited ballet school colleages, plus Vladimir Neporozhny and Yan Godovsky as husband and partner respectively, the action is layered with folk motifs and comic antics, now and then overdone by Alexey Loparevich as a dacha dweller and Irina Zibrova as his not-so-young wife.
dweller Edward Droste and his band, Grizzly Bear, recreates that sensation, albeit via sound manipulation, not scuba equipment.
Thus, it all depends on whether a nursing home dweller is feeling like a motivated RUG-level patient or like an unmotivated (for whatever reason) resident as to whether the rest of the team (including all providers of care and services) are allowed to proceed.
Mohammad Asif, 38, a cave dweller, said he and his wife have arthritic pains in their hands, legs and waist and that their children suffer from coughs.