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 idea that such a move would alter Raul Castro’s Cubans-for-hire racket is a daydream. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Baseball Teams Up With Castro," 30 Dec. 2018 The versatile range of day-to-night dresses is really this label’s sweet spot, all inspired by daydreams (hence the name), poems, musical melodies, and the sisters’ shared love of the arts. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Emerging Labels Are the First to Be Mentored Through Net-a-Porter’s New Vanguard Program," 30 Aug. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pen name daydreams about the book stopped, too. Haley Moss, Teen Vogue, "Telling My High School Class That I'm Autistic Is the Best Thing I've Ever Done," 12 Apr. 2019 Beer aficionados will daydream about sitting outdoors at one of the city’s infamous craft breweries on a warm day with a cold beer. Jessica Levy, USA TODAY, "6 reasons you’re going to love the outdoors in Asheville, North Carolina," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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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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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