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 daydreamlike (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 Fed by an increasingly devoted diet of pornography, her bisexual daydreams float in and out of her daily routine. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Mrs. Fletcher’ HBO review: Kathryn Hahn offers a bracing seriocomic lesson in continuing sex-ed," 25 Oct. 2019 The reality of limited horizons is apparent in the way Salazar’s Seymour snaps out of one of his daydreams and stoically resumes his daily drudgery as though no other possibility could ever exist. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ at Pasadena Playhouse finds humanity amid the musical camp," 27 Sep. 2019 Beachland Ballroom, 15711 Waterloo Road, Cleveland 8 p.m. Dreamer’s Bal at Ingenuity Cleveland Enter the celestial world of your daydreams at Ingenuity Cleveland's annual fundraiser. Joey Morona, cleveland, "New Kids on the Block’s ‘80s reunion tour and 11 more things to do in Cleveland Saturday, May 4," 4 May 2019 An undefeated season — a premature daydream to have at this point anyway — is out of the question. BostonGlobe.com, "What’s next for the Patriots, and other thoughts about their first loss - The Boston Globe," 5 Nov. 2019 Journals offer daily minutiae, half-thoughts and lucid daydreams. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, "New Book of Jeff Buckley’s Journals and Belongings Offers a Vivid Self-Portrait of the Late Artist," 31 Oct. 2019 Putting to one side daydreams over the kind of season IU hasn't had since Bill Mallory's tenure, there still remains a very real chance the Hoosiers reach at least seven wins, if not eight. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "1 win shy of bowl eligibility, it's not too early to ask just how high IU football can go," 21 Oct. 2019 For one lucky person, those daydreams may finally become a reality. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "This Company Is Offering $100,000 To Follow Your Dreams," 29 Aug. 2019 Walter Mitty develops photos for a magazine but escapes the tedium through heroic daydreams. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb While riding in the back seat of their parents’ cars, Mitchell and Paschall allowed themselves to daydream, talking about making millions someday in the NBA. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "‘Two Westchester kids’: Eric Paschall, Donovan Mitchell face each other in NBA," 11 Nov. 2019 Instead of daydreaming about flying off to a faraway beach, go ahead and actually look up plane tickets, hotel deals, or even a luxurious cruise. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "40 Creative Things to Do When You're Bored to Pass the Time," 23 May 2019 So, instead of daydreaming about the weekend, make your distraction more productive. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 5 July 2018 There’s only so much an NFL wide receiver can daydream about run-blocking, Twyner laughed. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: The rise of Zach Pascal, from '8th-round' to Colts’ 'most important' receiver," 1 Nov. 2019 Some of us spend a good portion of the day daydreaming about being anywhere that isn't here—especially when that anywhere comes with room service, sandy beaches, and vibrant sunsets. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "7 Dreamy Memorial Day Getaway Hotels To Book Now," 13 May 2019 One day, while daydreaming in a poetry class, the idea came to him. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "The two who made ‘Six,’ by melding pop divas and Henry VIII’s wives into a sassy musical," 15 Aug. 2019 The loft where friends daydreamed about the future. oregonlive.com, "The childhood home is where the heart is," 4 Aug. 2019 Because all of us at one point were, like, watching from the lawn right there, just daydreaming about someday being on some kind of stage somewhere. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Jimmy Eat World pushes local bands in raucous homecoming show with Third Eye Blind," 1 Aug. 2019

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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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Last Updated

26 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Daydream.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydreamed. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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More Definitions for daydream

daydream

noun
How to pronounce daydream (audio)

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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