Not until the 13th century was our word dream used in the sense of “a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep.” The word itself is considerably older. In Old English dream means “joy,” “noise,” or “music.” Yet the change in meaning did not come from the development of a more specialized sense. Rather it appears that after many Scandinavian conflicts, conquests, and settlements in Britain the Old Norse draumr, meaning “a dream during sleep,” influenced the meaning of the etymologically related, English word. By the end of the 14th century the earlier meanings had been entirely replaced.
He had a dream about climbing a mountain.
You were in my dream last night.
I've found the man of my dreams.
They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be so much fun.
If you think the work will be easy, you're living in a dream world.
He has had a lifelong dream of becoming an actor.
It's a dream of mine to own a house in the country.
Tell me your hopes and dreams.
Making it to the Olympics was a dream come true. Verb
Did it really happen or did I just dream it?
He tends to dream big but he never really does the things he dreams of doing. See More
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The Category 4 storm ravaged the Appel's dream home, along with much of the region, leaving those hit hardest by the storm to contend with an insurance market already struggling to cover its claims.—Kelly Livingston, ABC News, 17 Nov. 2023 Find it on Amazon Adventure Awaits with a Backyard Climbing Dome
The climbing dome is a dream playground for kids and a relief for parents.—Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 15 Nov. 2023 In a new interview with Architectural Digest, the actor, 37, discussed designing his dream sofa, starting with sketches and then making models of the piece out of clay.—Erin Clack, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Her roster of celebrities is already quite full—but does the shoe designer have a dream client?—Christian Allaire, Vogue, 15 Nov. 2023 Pink missiles with daisies As the humanitarian crisis deepens, once mundane activities such as taking a shower, eating a sweet, or drinking a glass of clean water have become dreams to many people here.—Ghada Abdulfattah, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Nov. 2023 This Gulf Blue, ducktail dream is offered without reserve, but is expected to fetch up to $400,000.—Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Nov. 2023 Cathedral Catholic High School’s girls volleyball team enjoyed a dream season in 2022.—Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Nov. 2023 Other celebs Cohen has named as dream stars for the Housewives role include Vanessa Bryant, Chrissy Teigen, Julia Fox, Jana Kramer and Ayda Field Williams, who Page Six previously reported as Cohen’s wishlist.—Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 3 Nov. 2023
Sadly, however, for all the kids who dream of living in the treehouse, just as Kevin Kidney once did, none of the rooms are available for rent.—Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Some wouldn’t have dreamed of setting foot in this place a year ago.—Max Raskin, WSJ, 14 Nov. 2023 Twenty-five years ago, in a small fishing village in Iceland (population: 369), one man built a soccer field at the foot of a volcano, dreaming of a home game in the national FA Cup.—Leo Barraclough, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 Women founders tend to build businesses that generate more revenues, create higher job growth, dream bigger, and execute better.—Kumar Mehta, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 These drive-through Christmas lights are ideal for anyone who’s ever dreamed of getting transported to Candyland.—Anna Borges, Condé Nast Traveler, 9 Nov. 2023 Share [Findings] Cetaceans are least likely among mammals to dream profoundly.—Rafil Kroll-Zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 8 Nov. 2023 Democrats have, in recent years, demonstrated the tendency to dream a little too big and pile untold sums of campaign cash in the coffers of a litany of no-hopers.—Jason Linkins, The New Republic, 4 Nov. 2023 Based on the television series of the same name, the narrative follows a young girl who dreams of playing football in a world that’s been overrun by androids.—Holly Jones, Variety, 3 Nov. 2023 See More
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Noun and Verb
Middle English dreem, from Old English drēam noise, joy, and Old Norse draumr dream; akin to Old High German troum dream