dreamer

noun
dream·​er | \ ˈdrē-mər How to pronounce dreamer (audio) \

Definition of dreamer

1 : one that dreams
2a : one who lives in a world of fancy and imagination
b : one who has ideas or conceives projects regarded as impractical : visionary

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Examples of dreamer in a Sentence

I am a realist, but my sister is a dreamer. Some dreamers talk in their sleep to the people in their dreams.

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Then again, the EV business is dominated by dreamers, most notably Tesla’s Elon Musk, and companies like China’s BYD are seeing strong returns on their investment in electric cars. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The Tesla of Thailand is also an electric utility," 30 June 2019 After two hours and 40 minutes, when the dreamers promised the high-speed train would be in Los Angeles, the slow speed train is only just south of Stockton. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Who needs high-speed rail? California already has a slow train to nowhere," 29 June 2019 The issue of dreamers and college tuition has long been controversial in Arizona. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Community colleges don't plan to appeal ruling denying in-state tuition to DACA students," 22 May 2018 Cook said those everyday heroes are the women of the #MeToo movement, the Parkland high school students and others across the country demanding safe schools and those standing up for dreamers and immigrants. Anna Beahm, AL.com, ""Our work is not done"; Apple CEO Tim Cook honored with Human Rights award at Keeper of the Dream banquet," 4 Apr. 2018 There’s Imperial, gritty Imperial County itself, millions of Mexican descent, small-town dreamers with more moxie than money. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Boxing champ Andy Ruiz Jr. rewrites script for Imperial, himself," 21 June 2019 Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to come out and support me and all the other dreamers out here in Nashville. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Where Is Jed Wyatt From The Bachelorette Now?," 18 June 2019 The portrait that emerges is complex and generally favorable: DeLorean as colorful American dreamer, an optimist and an electrifying original. Rick Kogan, chicagotribune.com, "Who could play the flamboyant car maker in 'Framing John DeLorean?' How about Alec Baldwin," 12 June 2019 Wilentz casts the Garrisonians as naive dreamers whose ideological purity stymied their political influence. Nicholas Guyatt, The New York Review of Books, "How Proslavery Was the Constitution?," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of dreamer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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dreamer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dreamer

disapproving : a person whose ideas and plans are not practical or based in reality
: a person who dreams while sleeping

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