dwell (up)on (someone or something)

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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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He seems to be able to keep the reader's attention and dwells upon things just enough so that a good mental picture is formed but not too much as to be a bore.
Social history - the history of women, of African Americans, of working class America - makes the Lynne Cheney brigade so upset because it dwells upon diversity, struggle, and the arbitrary exercise of power.
The third stanza is a cacophony of roaring alarm bells, while the final stanza dwells upon the sullen, rhythmic tolling of funeral bells.
A fascinating discourse that dwells upon the profound impact principles of Jungian psychology have on everyday life.
It dwells upon the ultimate meaning and purpose of human existence.
The closing poem, "A Song of Despair," hopelessly dwells upon bitter emotions.