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 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 Once, offshore wind in the US was little more than an environmentalist’s daydream. BostonGlobe.com, "The move rattled renewable energy supporters here, prompting some to wonder if Vineyard Wind would go the way of Cape Wind. This was to be the first major offshore wind farm in the country. A delay meant other states could take the lead.," 13 Nov. 2019 This fall, that daydream has been realized with a feature-length film featuring everyone from Lady Mary and Henry Talbot to Mrs. Patmore and Daisy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Is the Downton Abbey Movie Getting a Sequel?," 20 Sep. 2019 The album tackles drive-bys and daydreams, naysaying teachers and anonymous haters. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "At MilkBoy ArtHouse, rapper IDK tackles daydreams and drive-bys," 30 Nov. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 When Mats Zuccarello signed with the Wild this offseason, coach Bruce Boudreau started daydreaming about his potential as a playmaker. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild winger Mats Zuccarello off to a slow start, and knows it. ‘I’ve been terrible.’," 7 Oct. 2019 While much of the daydreaming about a last-minute entry comes from pro-business Democrats, it is not confined to the wealthy. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Anxious Democratic Establishment Asks, ‘Is There Anybody Else?’," 22 Oct. 2019 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

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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

8 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Daydream.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydreamer. Accessed 28 January 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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