dwell on

This page is about the phrasal verb dwell on.

Meaning: If you dwell on something bad or unpleasant, you think about it too much or you talk about it too much.

For example:

  • dwell on sth If I'm lying awake at night dwelling on a problem or a conflict at work, I take my mind off it by reading a book.

  • dwell on sth Wayne was dwelling on the fact that he'd just lost his job, so I changed the topic and we talked about something else instead.

Nouns often used as objects with dwell on: problems, issues, the past, fears, regrets, loss, conflict

Quick Quiz:

Harry was lying awake dwelling on

a. his bedsheets

b. his problems

c. his successes

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Contributor: Matt Errey