Meaning of indwell in English:


Pronunciation /ɪnˈdwɛl/

verbpast participle verb indwelt

[with object]Theology
  • Be permanently present in (someone's soul or mind); possess spiritually.

    ‘the Holy Spirit indwells God's people’
    • ‘How can I be indwelt by the Holy Spirit and yet be possessed by demons?’
    • ‘Anyone can utter the words, of course, but unless the Holy Spirit indwells a person they cannot say such things as a sincere expression of true worship.’
    • ‘He is dead to sin, dead to self, dead to the world, dead to the law; and he is alive in Christ, identified with Christ, indwelt by Christ.’
    • ‘If it's the wine god Bacchus, or the sex god Eros you've taken in, you become controlled by that god, indwelt by that god for a period of time.’
    • ‘Remember that this self-discipline is the fruit of the indwelling Holy Spirit, and only those who are already saved are so indwelt.’
    • ‘Demons express much emotion, whether the person indwelt by them feels it or not.’
    be inherent in, be intrinsic to, be present in, inhere in


Late Middle English originally translating Latin inhabitare.