Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To exist as an animating or divine inner spirit, force, or principle.
  • intransitive v. To be located or implanted inside something.
  • transitive v. To inhabit or reside within as such a spirit, force, or principle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To exist within, especially as a spirit or driving force.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • v. To dwell in; to abide within; to remain in possession.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to exist as an inner activating spirit, force, or principle

Etymologies

From in- +‎ dwell. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The love that is God ad intra consists precisely in how the Persons mutually inhere or indwell, which is something our minds can perceive only dimly and indirectly, by analogy, even as we are called to participate in it as children of God.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • Eventually Satan himself will "indwell" the Antichrist, and will lead the forces of Evil against the forces of Good, led by the descended Christ, in the final confrontation at the Battles of Armageddon.

    Ellis Weiner: Rapture And Rand: Peas In A Pod

  • He will come and not only rest upon us, but indwell us.

    FROM THE CROSS TO PENTECOST

  • We need to move from being spectators to being participants in the raw, infiltrating presence of God that He may indwell our lives in a substantial way.

    FROM THE CROSS TO PENTECOST

  • That the Persons mutually indwell in love is, accordingly, not free: it is of the essence of God that they do so.

    Archive 2006-12-01

  • The Holy Spirit is believed by Christians to indwell believers and guide the CHURCH.

    Concise Dictionary of Religion

  • For, as I said before, if it were unfitting for Him thus to indwell the part, it would be equally so for Him to exist within the whole.

    On the Incarnation

  • _ -- At the moment of regeneration He came to indwell.

    Love to the Uttermost Expositions of John XIII.-XXI.

  • Not more surely had the Shechinah dwelt in the tabernacle of old, than did it indwell His nature, though too thickly shrouded to be seen by ordinary and casual eyes.

    Love to the Uttermost Expositions of John XIII.-XXI.

  • But the supreme revelation which towers above the rest, like some great banyan tree amid the slender growth of the Indian forest, is that the Creator should indwell and find a mansion in the heart of His creatures.

    Love to the Uttermost Expositions of John XIII.-XXI.

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