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

Other Words from daydream

Noun

daydreamlike \ ˈdā-​ˌdrēm-​ˌlīk How to pronounce daydream (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 airy interior of Tangled String Studios is a tinkerer’s daydream. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, 3 Jan. 2022 Monitoring the falcons — let alone their love lives — was just a foggy daydream a few decades ago, Peterson said. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 Acquiring Beal is a daydream that might just morph into a real possibility. BostonGlobe.com, 28 July 2021 You are thankfully prodded out of your daydream stupor and now are on full alert. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 23 Dec. 2021 Licorice Pizza is an oddly boring daydream, almost but not quite rescued by a magnetic leading lady. Jo Livingstone, The New Republic, 3 Dec. 2021 There is a fantasy that, prior to this trip, had enjoyed heavy rotation in my personal daydream arsenal: driving down to Baja from my home in Los Angeles, getting lost and found, surrendering to vagabond clichés. David Amsden, Travel + Leisure, 9 Nov. 2021 On an early date with Charles, to a restrained Bach recital, Diana breaks into a rock daydream, proclaiming her affinity for the likes of Elton John and Freddie Mercury. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 17 Nov. 2021 For Rebecca, the image of the shoes walking in the beginning [of the film], that came to her in a fever daydream. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Well, daydream a little thanks to the oh-so-dreamy beach accessories brand, Business & Pleasure Co.. Felicity Carter, Forbes, 2 Nov. 2021 The pressure of running these places — maintaining wine inventories, training front-of-the-house employees, making VIPs feel like, well, VIPs — would sometimes inspire Van Jura to daydream about simpler ways to make a living. Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2021 Persons with separation insecurity features were more likely to daydream about distractions from boredom, rewarding pastimes, and caring relationships. Mark Travers, Forbes, 10 Sep. 2021 And astronomers can only daydream about spotting something as wondrous as the twinkle of someone else’s city lights or as dramatic as blast shields constructed to protect against deadly supernovas. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 11 Aug. 2021 Young pitchers often daydream about blowing away hitters by throwing the ball past them. BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2021 As a long-time bestseller and modern classic, by Patricia Schultz is a travel book for both dads who are ready to plan future trips and those who simply want to daydream about it. Robin Raven, Forbes, 31 May 2021 Springtime is the right time to daydream, but with the Sun moving into heedless Aries by the end of the week, a dash of pragmatism can keep a good trip from going off the rails. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, 14 Mar. 2021 Along with more vivid dreams at night, your mind will also call you to daydream and fantasise during the day (and maybe window-shop for a new life), especially during the first week of the transit, Montúfar says. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 15 Mar. 2021

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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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14 Jan 2022

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“Daydream.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daydream. Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for daydream

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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