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 Why did so many Democrats daydream of a national realignment over the last four years — one large enough to give Biden Electoral College counts north of 350? Bonnie Kristian, TheWeek, "How 'unstable majorities' fool us into electoral fantasies," 4 Nov. 2020 Part of writing is being able to meander and take your time and daydream. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Sofia Coppola on Dressing Her Characters, Working With Her Husband, and Why We Need a Love Letter to New York Right Now," 31 Oct. 2020 Last fall, that daydream was realized with a feature-length film featuring everyone from Lady Mary and Henry Talbot to Mrs. Patmore and Daisy. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Jim Carter has seen a script.," 25 Sep. 2020 Nope, not describing a 2020 daydream—just a standard camping trip. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, "The Best Camping Gear for Beginners Just Testing the Waters," 25 Sep. 2020 That size is a daydream for most hunters, even those successful for smaller bulls. Bill Monroe, oregonlive, "Ryder Rigert, 13, takes massive bull elk on his first bow hunt," 1 Sep. 2020 Many of the shooters who compete in Precision Rifle Series matches, or any of the other long-distance shooting games that are currently in vogue, daydream about taking their shooting talents to the battlefield. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 13 Best New Precision Riflescopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 The competition is limited to multi-million dollar properties that might be out of the price range of most of us, but there is no denying the daydream potential. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Four San Diego homes included in HGTV’s Ultimate House Hunt," 14 Aug. 2020 But in the face of COVID-19, that’s merely an afterthought — a daydream, really — of how things once were. Jessica Saggio | Contributing Writer, NOLA.com, "Big life events in 2020 weren't meant to happen this way," 10 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb So that's giving nervous voters a little extra time to daydream about becoming an expatriate. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Thinking about moving to Canada after the election? COVID-19 could affect your plans," 5 Nov. 2020 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

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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

9 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Daydream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydream. Accessed 30 Nov. 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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