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dread

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verb \ˈdred\

Definition of dread

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to fear greatly <can't swim and dreads the water> <a dreaded disease>b archaic :  to regard with awe

  3. 2 :  to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face <dread the future> <dreaded telling him the truth> <dread the thought of speaking in public>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to be apprehensive or fearful <dread not>

Examples of dread in a sentence

  1. He can't swim and dreads going in the water.

  2. She dreaded making speeches in front of large audiences.

  3. I dread the day I will have to leave my friends.

  4. I dread the thought of moving next week.

  5. I dread to think about what they might do next.

Origin and Etymology of dread

Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dread

noun

Definition of dread

  1. 1a :  great fear especially in the face of impending evil <were filled with dread by reports of another terrorist attack>b :  extreme uneasiness in the face of a disagreeable prospect (see 1prospect 4c) <dread of a social blunder>c archaic :  awe

  2. 2 :  one causing fear or awe <the days of wooden ships and wooden homes, when fire was an omnipresent dread — F. W. Saunders>

  3. 3a :  dreadlock 1 <trimming each dread>b plural :  dreadlock 2 <looked great in dreads>

Examples of dread in a sentence

  1. She has a dread of failure.

  2. He lives with the constant dread of rejection.

  3. She awaited her punishment with dread.

  4. The news about the war fills me with dread.

  5. They live in constant dread of another attack.

Origin and Etymology of dread

see 1dread


First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of dread

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage <fear of the unknown>. dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety <faced the meeting with dread>. fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear <fright at being awakened suddenly>. alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger <view the situation with alarm>. panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity <the news caused widespread panic>. terror implies the most extreme degree of fear <immobilized with terror>. trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation <raised the subject with trepidation>.

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dread

adjective

Definition of dread

  1. 1 :  causing great fear or anxiety <dread diseases>

  2. 2 :  inspiring awe <our dread king>


DREAD Defined for English Language Learners

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dread

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verb \ˈdred\

Definition of dread for English Language Learners

  • : to fear something that will or might happen


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dread

noun

Definition of dread for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of fear about something that will or might happen

  • : a person or thing that causes fear


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dread

adjective

Definition of dread for English Language Learners

  • : causing great fear


DREAD Defined for Kids

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dread

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verb \ˈdred\

Definition of dread for Students

dreaded

dreading

  1. 1 :  to fear or dislike greatly <He can't swim and dreads going into the water.>

  2. 2 :  to be very unwilling to face <I dread Monday.>


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dread

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noun

Definition of dread for Students

  1. :  great fear especially of something that will or might happen <… her dread of water was greater than her fear of the dark … — L. Frank Baum, The Wizard of Oz>


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dread

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adjective

Definition of dread for Students

  1. :  causing great fear or anxiety <a dread disease>



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