daydream

noun
day·​dream | \ˈdā-ˌdrēm \

Definition of daydream 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a pleasant visionary usually wishful creation of the imagination

daydream

verb

Definition of daydream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to have a daydream

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Other Words from daydream

Noun

daydreamlike \ -​ˌlīk \ 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

Images that come through in daydreams and night visions. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Weekly Horoscopes October 29-November 4," 28 Oct. 2018 Getty Images With the surprise celebrity engagements rolling in on some kind of constant, romantic conveyor belt, the summer of 2018 might feel like one big daydream. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Throwing an Engagement Party in Mumbai," 14 Aug. 2018 In a New York apartment amid daydreams of jumping Through windows, ballads of footwork, Monk orchestras, Miles with strings. Dan Chiasson, The New Yorker, "The Politics and Play of Terrance Hayes," 24 June 2018 Now that spring is in the air, so are the daydreams of getting together for a backyard grill get-together. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "This gas grill is perfect for the casual BBQ—and it's under $100 right now," 30 Mar. 2018 Clawfoot tubs are on many a dream home wish list, but beneath the glamour and the daydreams of relaxing nighttime soaks, that freestanding tub could be hiding some nasty water damage, according to Property Brothers, Jonathan and Drew Scott. Neesha Arter, ELLE Decor, "Clawfoot Tubs: Luxurious Or Impractical?," 18 Apr. 2017 Because Todd Koelsch brought every female's Pinterest daydream to life. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Nurse's Husband Transforms Her Closet Into the Most Pinterest-Perfect Vanity," 14 Dec. 2016 There was a red light at a busy intersection, but not in the daydream, and the child stepped out into the street, into the path of a bus. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 My daydreams of returning to Cuba turned into plans and packing lists when a friend who regularly visits the island tipped me off to a travel first for Americans: A small-group kayaking experience along the island’s southern coastline. New York Times, "Want to See the Wild Side of Cuba? Try a Kayak," 16 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Not to mention that doing anything about parenthood other than daydreaming seems irresponsible. Horacio Salinas, Allure, "The Rise of Egg Freezing as a Fertility Choice," 15 Oct. 2018 But that certainly won't stop me from daydreaming about getting an orange iPhone to match my PSL later this fall. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Apple Rumored to Release a Red, Orange, and Blue iPhone," 7 July 2018 Slow everything down so that your whole body can recover and leave some time open for daydreaming. Liz Bentley /, NBC News, "Find your greatness this summer," 28 June 2018 The whirlwind following the discovery of two babies in utero included plenty of daydreaming — the McDonalds would need a bigger car, a bigger house. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "[UPDATED]: The McDonald Twins Are Miraculously Stable After a Trying Weekend," 17 Oct. 2016 No one daydreams about losing in the NLCS, or the NFC title game. Dan Steinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Capitals could end the stupidest streak in sports tonight," 7 May 2018 Muuto introduced a new chaise longue version of its Outline Sofa—perfect for a little light daydreaming—in addition to new seating and lighting options, all crafted with the brand’s trademark playfulness and attention to detail. Sean Santiago, Vogue, "13 Dreamy Standouts From the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair," 13 Feb. 2018 Photos via Sotheby’s International Realty Memorial Day has this editor daydreaming of owning a weekend home in the country—specifically this beauty in East Hampton, Connecticut. Lauren Ro, Curbed, "Make this historic colonial your weekend getaway for $775K," 25 May 2018 This Backstreet Boys remix is everything your heartthrob daydreams wished for. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The 5 Best Backstreet Boys Remixes," 17 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for daydream

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 \

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 \

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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