Phrasal Verbs

dwell on

This page is about the phrasal verb dwell on


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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