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 \ -​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

Wolf James Nina Nesbitt's origin story is a music industry fairytale, filled with the kind of serendipity usually reserved for daydreams and Hollywood productions. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nina Nesbitt Opens Up About Being Dropped from Her Label at 20—And How It Helped Her Find Her Real Voice," 1 Feb. 2019 Surely there had to be some place in the entire state that would make my erstwhile daydreams come true? Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 Scents include a perfume made for ocean daydreams called Lily of the Beach, a floral and citrus spray titled Happy Splash, and a scent made to evoke calm named Peace & Jasmine. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Clinique Announced the August Launch of New Beauty Products," 3 Aug. 2018 Do your wedding dress daydreams include a champagne-swilling afternoon trying on the finest in bridal couture? Melissa Colgan, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Shop for a Wedding Dress—When Bridal Salons Aren’t What You’d Expect," 11 Dec. 2018 Breaking up the financial, industrial and transportation giants and cartels while returning the pieces to their historic homes is a nice daydream. Jon Talton, The Seattle Times, "In America’s ‘geography of despair,’ how to help the left-behind places?," 21 Nov. 2018 Whimsical, wanderlust, and decadence were just a few of the descriptors tossed around like confetti, resulting in above-neck moments straight out of a daydream. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "5 Spectacular Beauty Trends That Swept the London Runways This Week," 19 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Royal daydreaming aside, the main point of Markle's entry was to empower women and celebrate the achievements of Al-Senussi, not gush over castles and crowns. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Wrote About Wanting to Be a Princess in 2014," 12 Aug. 2018 Together, the sisters find themselves in the middle of a totally dramatic (and equally shady) black market scheme, which is just the kind of thing a Leo might secretly daydream about. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Which Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Movie You Should Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 2 Jan. 2019 The video, which was released on March 15 and has more than 3.5 million views on YouTube, begins with an image of Manuel lying on a lawn, daydreaming before a long-haired woman appears at a different location. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "Victor Manuelle Responds to Backlash About 'Amarte Duro' Chris Brown/Rihanna Lyric: 'I Assume All Fault'," 1 May 2018 That magical 11-game stretch allowed fans to daydream about such a possibility, which hasn’t happened much for them in the better part of a decade. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "Mariners officially eliminate themselves from AL West title," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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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