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[in-dwel] /ɪnˈdwɛl/
verb (used with object), indwelt, indwelling.
to inhabit.
to possess (a person), as a moral principle or motivating force:
compassion that indwells the heart.
verb (used without object), indwelt, indwelling.
to dwell (usually followed by in).
to abide within, as a guiding force, motivating principle, etc. (usually followed by in):
a divine spirit indwelling in nature and the universe.
Origin of indwell
1350-1400; Middle English indwellen. See in-1, dwell
Related forms
indweller, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for indwelling
  • Long-term use catheters are called indwelling catheters.
  • Your health care provider may prescribe a daily low-dose antibiotic to control bacterial growth in an indwelling catheter.
  • It is an indwelling catheter that is surgically placed directly into the bladder through the abdomen.
  • Because she taught me to see this indwelling spirit that animates the green woods, it lives now, not only in trees but in her.
  • It does not require an indwelling catheter afterward and may have fewer complications than percutaneous cholecystostomy.
British Dictionary definitions for indwelling


verb -dwells, -dwelling, -dwelt
(transitive) (of a spirit, principle, etc) to inhabit; suffuse
(intransitive) to dwell; exist
Derived Forms
indweller, noun
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Word Origin and History for indwelling

"act of residing," late 14c. (Wyclif's translation of Latin inhabitatio), present participle of obsolete indwell, from in (adv.) + dwell (v.). He also used indweller for Latin inhabitans.

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