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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If Pitts, Chase, or Waddle to the Patriots is your daydream, it’s best realized by making a trade on Madden 21. BostonGlobe.com, "Bill Belichick can’t really pull off a huge surprise in this NFL draft, can he?," 26 Apr. 2021 This is where a silk pillowcase can turn the nightmare of fine lines and frizz into a daydream. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Best Silk Pillowcases of 2021 for Fighting Frizz and Fine Lines While You Snooze," 24 Mar. 2021 And sure, the town is filled with landmarks and shops to fill your days, but the real reason to turn this vacation daydream into reality is simply for the chance to swim in the crystalline water that sits in front of the Villa del Palmar. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "This Resort in Baja Mexico Is Surrounded by the Bluest Water You've Ever Seen — and a UNESCO World Heritage Site," 4 Apr. 2021 But a growing body of research suggests that intentionally trying to have a pleasant daydream is surprisingly difficult, and consequently, the experience is not always as enjoyable as people may assume. Washington Post, "Daydreaming may offer an escape from covid stress, but it’s surprisingly tricky. Try these tips.," 12 Feb. 2021 One day, just off the Croydon train, Elleston-Burrell confessed to a daydream: switching platforms instead and carrying on into London in the direction of UCL’s architecture building. Carolyn Wells, Longreads, "Graded by an Algorithm," 26 Feb. 2021 Sorry to inject your offseason daydream with a blast of cold January air, but good luck trying to do that. Michael Rand, Star Tribune, "Trade Kirk Cousins? Good luck in this quarterback market," 26 Jan. 2021 Snapping out of her daydream and back into reality, Arabella decides to give up her investigation and just stay home with her friends. Eliana Dockterman, Time, "Pop Culture Reckoned With #MeToo in Radical New Ways in 2020—Even as It Receded From Headlines," 22 Dec. 2020 There’s an almost absurd glamour in the camera’s crawling pan over a spread of tipsy-looking guests in repose; and the staggering blur of the slowed footage deepens the video’s wistful, wintry daydream into something more like a Lynchian coma. Washington Post, "Sorry, Wham! haters: The only thing wrong with ‘Last Christmas’ is how you’ve been listening to it," 19 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Springtime is the right time to daydream, but with the Sun moving into heedless Aries by the end of the week, a dash of pragmatism can keep a good trip from going off the rails. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week: March 14, 2021," 14 Mar. 2021 Along with more vivid dreams at night, your mind will also call you to daydream and fantasise during the day (and maybe window-shop for a new life), especially during the first week of the transit, Montúfar says. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "When Mercury Is In Pisces, Be Prepared For Vivid Dreams," 15 Mar. 2021 Those five words prompted some Timberwolves fans to daydream about Wiggins leading a league-wide punchline back to national relevance. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "How Andrew Wiggins went from Timberwolves’ scapegoat to Warriors’ answer," 26 Jan. 2021 But to the numerous players in Windsor who daydream about making the NBA, Mulder is the ultimate role model. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Warriors’ Mychal Mulder gives hope to players in hockey-crazed Windsor," 28 Dec. 2020 In February, you might be tempted to daydream or try to escape reality for a short time. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 10, 2020: Gemini, you can’t please everyone; Libra, practice self-care," 10 Dec. 2020 Don't just daydream about getting away from it all. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "80+ Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 2 Dec. 2020 Many have room to write goals and intentions, and spots to doodle and daydream. Carli Whitwell, refinery29.com, "12 Unique Planners For A Fresh Start in 2021," 26 Nov. 2020 So that's giving nervous voters a little extra time to daydream about becoming an expatriate. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Thinking about moving to Canada after the election? COVID-19 could affect your plans," 5 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of daydream was in 1651

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2 May 2021

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“Daydream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydream. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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daydream

noun

English Language Learners Definition of daydream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: pleasant thoughts about your life or future that you have while you are awake

daydream

verb

English Language Learners Definition of daydream (Entry 2 of 2)

: to think pleasant thoughts about your life or future while you are awake

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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