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noun, often attributive \ˈdrēm\

Simple Definition of dream

  • : a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep

  • : an idea or vision that is created in your imagination and that is not real

  • : something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dream

  1. 1 :  a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep — compare rem sleep

  2. 2 :  an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream: as a :  a visionary creation of the imagination :  daydream b :  a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality :  reverie c :  an object seen in a dreamlike state :  vision

  3. 3 :  something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality <the new car is a dream to operate>

  4. 4 a :  a strongly desired goal or purpose <a dream of becoming president> b :  something that fully satisfies a wish :  ideal <a meal that was a gourmet's dream>

dreamful play \-fəl\ adjective
dreamfully play \-fə-lē\ adverb
dreamfulness noun
dreamless adjective
dreamlessly adverb
dreamlessness noun
dreamlike play \ˈdrēm-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of dream in a sentence

  1. He had a dream about climbing a mountain.

  2. You were in my dream last night.

  3. I've found the man of my dreams.

  4. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

  5. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be so much fun.

  6. If you think the work will be easy, you're living in a dream world.

  7. He has had a lifelong dream of becoming an actor.

  8. It's a dream of mine to own a house in the country.

  9. Tell me your hopes and dreams.

  10. Making it to the Olympics was a dream come true.

Origin of dream

Middle English dreem, from Old English drēam noise, joy, and Old Norse draumr dream; akin to Old High German troum dream

First Known Use: 13th century




Simple Definition of dream

  • : to have visions and thoughts in your sleep : to have a dream while you are sleeping

  • : to think about something that you wish would happen or something that you want to do or be

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of dream

dreamed play \ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd\ or dreamt \ˈdrem(p)t\ dreaming play \ˈdrē-miŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have a dream

  3. 2 :  to indulge in daydreams or fantasies <dreaming of a better future>

  4. 3 :  to appear tranquil or dreamy <houses dream in leafy shadows — Gladys Taber>

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to have a dream of

  7. 2 :  to consider as a possibility :  imagine

  8. 3 :  to pass (time) in reverie or inaction <dreaming the hours away>

dream of
  1. :  to consider possible or fitting <wouldn't dream of disturbing you>

Examples of dream in a sentence

  1. Did it really happen or did I just dream it?

  2. He tends to dream big but he never really does the things he dreams of doing.

13th Century

First Known Use of dream

13th century

DREAM Defined for Kids



noun \ˈdrēm\

Definition of dream for Students

  1. 1 :  a series of thoughts or visions that occur during sleep

  2. 2 :  1daydream

  3. 3 :  something very pleasing <Our vacation was a dream.>

  4. 4 :  a goal that is wished for <It's her dream to travel.>




Definition of dream for Students

dreamed \ˈdremt, ˈdrēmd\ or dreamt \ˈdremt\dreaming \ˈdrē-miŋ\

  1. 1 :  to have a series of thoughts or visions while sleeping

  2. 2 :  to spend time having daydreams

  3. 3 :  to think of as happening or possible <I dream of a better world.>

dreamer \ˈdrē-mər\ noun
dream up
  1. :  to think of or invent <Did you dream up this plan?>

Medical Dictionary



noun , often attributive \ˈdrēm\

Medical Definition of dream

  1. :  a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep and especially during REM sleep—compare daydream



verb \ˈdrēm\

Medical Definition of dream

dreamed \ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd\play play or dreamt \ˈdrem(p)t\play ; dreaming \ˈdrē-miŋ\play

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to have a dream

  4. 2:  to indulge in daydreams or fantasies

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to have a dream of

dreamer \ˈdrē-mər\play noun

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