verb \ˈdred\

: to fear something that will or might happen

Full Definition of DREAD

transitive verb
a :  to fear greatly
b archaic :  to regard with awe
:  to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face
intransitive verb
:  to be apprehensive or fearful

Examples of DREAD

  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 of DREAD

Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with DREAD



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

: a person or thing that causes fear

Full Definition of DREAD

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
:  one causing fear or awe
a :  dreadlock 1
b plural :  dreadlock 2

Examples of DREAD

  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.

First Known Use of DREAD

13th century



: causing great fear

Full Definition of DREAD

:  causing great fear or anxiety
:  inspiring awe

Examples of DREAD

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

First Known Use of DREAD

15th century


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