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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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This conceptualization of dwelling does shed light on the experiences of residential dwelling and those who dwell differently, yet the application of these conceptual tools to empirical material also allows for an assessment and further development of these theoretical ideas.
We leant to dwell in relation to the world around us, and it is important to recognize the relational nature of dwelling as a social phenomenon (Emirbayer, 1997), as we consider the dwelling experience.
There are substantive (relational) issues regarding access to space for marking and claiming where and how we dwell.
Emphasizing the relational and creative aspects of dwelling through the intellectual assistance of Harrison (2007b) helps shed light on the variation in forms of marking and claiming that occur in residential dwelling; not only are there variations in how we dwell, but the meaning of dwelling itself also varies with different practices and relationships.
To forestall such haughty thoughts the Torah commands that one leave the house and dwell in the sukka, a temporary dwelling.
Therefore they [the sages] said, "Leave your permanent dwelling and dwell in a temporary dwelling" [bSuk 2a].
The walls may fall, the covering may wither in the storm, God may call you outside; but the sheltering love of God is everywhere and constantly with you, and where it bids you to dwell, where it protects you, there teshvu ke'ain taduru,(29) you dwell, were it only for a moment, in the most fleeting and transitory dwelling, as calmly and securely as if it were your house forever.
You shall observe the festival of the Lord seven days when you have gathered in the yield of your land (Deuteronomy 16:13) at the time when you gather in the yield of the land and your houses are full of every bounty - grain and oil and wine, in order that you remember that I caused the Israelites to dwell in Sukkot in the desert for forty years, without an inheritance and territory.