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dread

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verb \ˈdred\

Simple Definition of dread

  • : to fear something that will or might happen

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dread

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to fear greatly b archaic :  to regard with awe

  3. 2 :  to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be apprehensive or fearful

Examples of dread in a sentence

  1. He can't swim and dreads going in the water.

  2. She dreaded making speeches in front of large audiences.

  3. I dread the day I will have to leave my friends.

  4. I dread the thought of moving next week.

  5. I dread to think about what they might do next.



Origin and Etymology of dread

Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dread

noun

Simple Definition of dread

  • : a strong feeling of fear about something that will or might happen

  • : a person or thing that causes fear

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dread

  1. 1 a :  great fear especially in the face of impending evil b :  extreme uneasiness in the face of a disagreeable prospect <dread of a social blunder> c archaic :  awe

  2. 2 :  one causing fear or awe

  3. 3 a :  dreadlock 1 b plural :  dreadlock 2

Examples of dread in a sentence

  1. She has a dread of failure.

  2. He lives with the constant dread of rejection.

  3. She awaited her punishment with dread.

  4. The news about the war fills me with dread.

  5. They live in constant dread of another attack.



13th Century

First Known Use of dread

13th century

Synonym Discussion of dread

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage <fear of the unknown>. dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety <faced the meeting with dread>. fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear <fright at being awakened suddenly>. alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger <view the situation with alarm>. panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity <the news caused widespread panic>. terror implies the most extreme degree of fear <immobilized with terror>. trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation <raised the subject with trepidation>.

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dread

adjective

Simple Definition of dread

  • : causing great fear

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dread

  1. 1 :  causing great fear or anxiety

  2. 2 :  inspiring awe

Examples of dread in a sentence

  1. <every ship on the Spanish Main was terrified of running into the dread pirate>



15th Century

First Known Use of dread

15th century


DREAD Defined for Kids

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dread

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verb \ˈdred\

Definition of dread for Students

dreaded

dreading

  1. 1 :  to fear or dislike greatly <He can't swim and dreads going into the water.>

  2. 2 :  to be very unwilling to face <I dread Monday.>




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dread

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noun

Definition of dread for Students

  1. :  great fear especially of something that will or might happen <… her dread of water was greater than her fear of the dark … — L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz>




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dread

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adjective

Definition of dread for Students

  1. :  causing great fear or anxiety <a dread disease>





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