daydream

noun
day·​dream | \ ˈdā-ˌdrēm How to pronounce daydream (audio) \

Definition of daydream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a pleasant visionary usually wishful creation of the imagination

daydream

verb
daydreamed; daydreaming; daydreams

Definition of daydream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to have a daydream

Other Words from daydream

Noun

daydreamlike \ ˈdā-​ˌdrēm-​ˌlīk How to pronounce daydream (audio) \ adjective

Verb

daydreamer noun

Examples of daydream in a Sentence

Noun I drifted off in a daydream during the class. hoped that one day world peace would be a reality and not just a daydream Verb Instead of studying, he spent the afternoon daydreaming about his vacation.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The captivating show, which introduced listeners to new talents, was over, like a brief daydream, but the baton had been passed to the next group of up-and-comers. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 6 May 2022 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate During this series, the Memphis Grizzlies can look over at the opposing bench and daydream of being in the 2030 playoffs together. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2022 Research shows time and again that boredom and space to daydream spurs creativity. Cheria Young, Forbes, 27 Apr. 2022 Verdant green pastas, colorful salads, and flamboyant stir-fries are a mere summer daydream. Melissa Kravitz Hoeffner, Bon Appétit, 18 Mar. 2022 For most of human history, this was just an assumption, not a fact; astronomers could only peer through telescopes at distant stars and daydream about the planets that might be hiding in their glow. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 22 Mar. 2022 The fluid display might have made Golden State assistant coach Dejan Milojevic daydream from his courtside seat — if only for a moment or two — about what Wiseman could become. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 10 Mar. 2022 The collaboration feels like it was conjured up in an indie-pop daydream. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 2 Mar. 2022 Get lost in daydream while overlooking the verdant Ouachita National Forest, which stretches on for miles from this top-down vantage point. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 10 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The multiverse is a fascinating idea to daydream about — and, along with simulation theory, may be on track to become something like an agnostic, nihilism-friendly new religion. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 May 2022 Anytime the temperature dips below freezing is a good time to daydream about the Caribbean. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 28 Jan. 2022 To have visited the Middle Fork is to be cursed to daydream forever about returning to the Middle Fork. Christopher Solomon, Travel + Leisure, 20 Mar. 2022 But that doesn't mean the three don't daydream about a reunion one day. CNN, 14 Mar. 2022 This is a hugely inspirational cycle, so be sure to stretch your creative muscles and give yourself permission to daydream more than normal. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 6 Mar. 2022 While recreational runners might daydream about having fewer obligations, some professional runners opt to work full time. Elizabeth Carey, Outside Online, 10 June 2020 Well, daydream a little thanks to the oh-so-dreamy beach accessories brand, Business & Pleasure Co.. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 The pressure of running these places — maintaining wine inventories, training front-of-the-house employees, making VIPs feel like, well, VIPs — would sometimes inspire Van Jura to daydream about simpler ways to make a living. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of daydream

Noun

1651, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1820, in the meaning defined above

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26 May 2022

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“Daydream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydream. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for daydream

daydream

noun
day·​dream | \ ˈdā-ˌdrēm How to pronounce daydream (audio) \

Kids Definition of daydream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a person's pleasant and usually wishful thoughts about life

daydream

verb
daydreamed; daydreaming

Kids Definition of daydream (Entry 2 of 2)

: to think pleasant and usually wishful thoughts while awake He spent class daydreaming about vacation.

daydream

noun
day·​dream | \ ˈdā-ˌdrēm How to pronounce daydream (audio) \

Medical Definition of daydream

: a visionary creation of the imagination experienced while awake especially : a gratifying reverie usually of wish fulfillment

Other Words from daydream

daydream intransitive verb
daydreamer noun

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