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 The junk shop manager is enchanted by a dumpy woman whose apartment overlooks the facility; in his daydreams, she is transformed into a ravishing bombshell. Jeremy Lybarger, The New York Review of Books, "The Mordant Fables of Juraj Herz," 20 Apr. 2020 The result was a dizzying New York City daydream featuring Steve Lacy and Jerry Seinfeld, with its rotating shots and split screens making the video Hill's most creative yet. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "From Travis Scott to Sara Bareilles, Here's Every Music Video Directed by Jonah Hill," 25 July 2019 Its approach offers the young Angeleno protagonists a chance to treat scenes like blank canvases on which to stage their daydreams and declarations, however big or small. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Sundance 2020: ‘Summertime’ director and cast on crafting a ‘love letter’ to Los Angeles," 7 Feb. 2020 From his parents’ vantage point, the high school freshman was growing into himself — at times, awkward, forgetful or lost in daydreams. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "After her young teen’s death by suicide on a Plano ISD campus, this mom fights for change," 27 Jan. 2020 Pry yourself away from daydreams and pay attention. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Jan. 27, 2020: Happy birthday Patton Oswalt; Sagittarius, focus on your job," 27 Jan. 2020 But modeling climate impacts regionally, or at an individual plant, is still something of a scientist’s daydream. Mario Alejandro Ariza, The New Republic, "Calm Before the Storm," 30 Sep. 2019 That doesn't necessarily mean the object of my daydreams (Michael B. Jordan) will appear to sweep me away (he's sadly taken). Amani Richardson, refinery29.com, "Before Venus Leaves Pisces, Put That Energy Into Your Sex Life," 28 Jan. 2020 The spectacle has long been cited as the death knell of the era’s utopian daydream. James Sullivan, Time, "The Daydream of the 1960s Ended 50 Years Ago at Altamont. Here’s What the Rolling Stones' Official Photographer Saw That Day," 6 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead, operatives like Daou have daydreamed about Biden withdrawing from the race. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Left vs. far-Left: Tara Reade allegations against Joe Biden divide Democrats," 5 May 2020 But, with more than 30,000 new cases and nearly 2,000 deaths per day, this is not the time to stop social distancing practices or to even start daydreaming about resuming high school sports. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Talbot: No rational plan will save high school sports after coronavirus shutdown," 10 Apr. 2020 Like Violet, many travelers daydream about flying first class. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Man gives first-class seat to 88-year-old stranger. What to know about first-class upgrades," 19 Dec. 2019 Somewhere along the way, daydreaming about boys throwing rocks at my window didn’t seem like such a sustainable priority anymore. Nancy Coleman, New York Times, "I Used to Be a Taylor Swift Fan. ‘Miss Americana’ Reminded Me Why.," 4 Feb. 2020 And now, over four decades later when the winter chill has baseball nerds daydreaming about spring training, a charming re-brand to celebrate. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "McCauley: Florence Y'alls check all the boxes of fun, frivolous and viral," 22 Jan. 2020 For the post-holiday travel-minded with sights set on a trip to South Korea or for those daydreaming of Denmark now that the holidays are over, Google just made booking your flights – and pretty much your entire trip – way easier. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "This New Google Tool Is Basically A Free Travel Agent," 13 Jan. 2020 Dina, the local cafe owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, "'The Band's Visit' is the sleeper hit must-see of the PNC Broadway in Louisville season," 4 Dec. 2019 Some daydreamed about their future homes, earmarking pages full of Kenmore appliances, Blue Willow china sets, and matelassé bedspreads. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Sears Wish Book Changed the Way America Does Christmas," 20 Dec. 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

29 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Daydream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydream. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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