dream·​er | \ˈdrē-mər \

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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That effort had been combined with provisions to provide a pathway to citizenship for dreamers and ramp up resources for border security. chicagotribune.com, "U.S. embassy cables warned against expelling 300,000 immigrants. Trump officials did it anyway.," 8 May 2018 The two bills set for a House vote this week would both address the status of dreamers, as well as provide funding for the border wall that Trump has long demanded. Mike Debonis, Washington Post, "Trump is defiant as border crisis escalates, prepares to lobby House GOP on immigration bills," 19 June 2018 Al Dornan, 78, began walking through his Wethersfield neighborhood carrying a homemade sign to show support for dreamers and immigrants on January 25. Dave Altimari, courant.com, "In The Rain, In Pain, Wethersfield Man Walks For Dreamers," 7 June 2018 The cynic in me found the vision hokey; the dreamer in me would have liked to disappear with them. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Sonic Fury of the Ojai Music Festival," 24 June 2018 For the novice farmer or, perhaps more likely, the dreamer living vicariously through food and farming books, these volumes pair as naturally as olive oil and escarole. Forrest Pritchard, WSJ, "‘The New Farm’ and ‘Fruitful Labor’ Reviews: Betting the Farm on Organic," 13 Apr. 2018 Just call it the college football version of exempting the dreamers. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "New FSU coach Willie Taggart on Jimbo Fisher: 'He made a lot of 'Noles proud'," 15 Feb. 2018 The dreamers who showed up crossing their fingers for a solution got a mere 65 words of a 5,000-word speech. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Why I Think Trump’s State of The Union Let Down Latino and Immigrant Communities," 31 Jan. 2018 Most Democrats voted to take a deal offered by Republicans — a relatively weak assurance that legislation to protect dreamers would be taken up later. Dan Walters, San Francisco Chronicle, "Feinstein feels the heat on immigrant protection," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dreamer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of dreamer

: a person whose ideas and plans are not practical or based in reality

: a person who dreams while sleeping

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