dream

noun, often attributive
\ˈdrēm \

Definition of dream 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep had a dream about climbing a mountain gives me bad dreams — compare rem sleep

2 : an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream: such as

a : a visionary (see visionary entry 1 sense 2a) creation of the imagination : daydream the dreams of her youth

b : a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality : reverie walking around in a dream

c : an object seen in a dreamlike state : vision a man that was her dream come true

3 : something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality the new car is a dream to operate

4a : a strongly desired goal or purpose a dream of becoming president

b : something that fully satisfies a wish : ideal a meal that was a gourmet's dream

dream

verb
dreamed\ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd \ or dreamt\ˈdrem(p)t \; dreaming\ˈdrē-miŋ \

Definition of dream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to have a series of thoughts, images, or emotions while sleeping : to have a dream (see dream entry 1 sense 1) doesn't recall dreaming last night dream of departed loved ones

2 : to indulge in daydreams or fantasies dreaming of a better future

3 : to appear tranquil or dreamy (see dreamy sense 3a) houses dream in leafy shadows— Gladys Taber

transitive verb

1 : to have a dream of dreamt that he was running in the woods

2 : to consider as a possibility : imagine never dreamed I would become a teacher

3 : to pass (time) in reverie or inaction dreaming the hours away

dream of

: to consider possible or fitting wouldn't dream of disturbing you

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Other Words from dream

Noun

dreamful \-fəl \ adjective
dreamfully \-fə-lē \ adverb
dreamfulness noun
dreamless adjective
dreamlessly adverb
dreamlessness noun
dreamlike \ˈdrēm-ˌlīk \ adjective

Did You Know?

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.

Examples of dream in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But bad dreams are not a reliable sign of what’s to come. Simon Shuster/tallinn, Time, "Trump Shakes Up NATO, but Eastern European Allies Aren't Stirred," 13 July 2018 At its best, conservatism is about doubt and deliberation, not dreams. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018 Catalini believes the profs rubbing elbow patches with blockchain fanatics could help realize more of the young industry’s dreams. Tom Simonite, WIRED, "How a Startup Is Using the Blockchain to Protect Your Privacy," 11 July 2018 Elizabeth had met future husband Ronen Seri a few years after moving to NYC to pursue acting and opera-singing dreams. Colleen Leahey Mckeegan, Marie Claire, "The Business of Feeling Good," 11 July 2018 So instead of looking forward, Rogozin is once again calling upon an aging space legend to carry Russia’s dream of space exploration into the future. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Russia's Soyuz Spacecraft Could Find New Life as a Lunar Taxi," 6 July 2018 If, like most Americans, you dream of following in the footsteps of Chip and Joanna Gaines but lack the time, resources and general know-how to do so, this fun new computer game is for you. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, ""Fixer Upper" Fans Will Love This New House Flipping Computer Game," 21 June 2018 Jane and Kat encourage Sutton to pursue her dream of working in the fashion department despite her lack of experience. Bethonie Butler, chicagotribune.com, "Why it matters that the women on 'Younger' and 'The Bold Type' focus on careers as much as dating," 14 July 2018 Wesley Wilson has established an atmosphere where goals and dreams, often kept quiet in the workplace, are shared freely and are supported. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Apprentices have always dreamed of surpassing their master. The Economist, "Donald Trump insists on trade reciprocity. But what kind?," 12 July 2018 The best possible version of America—the one so many of us, including Elvis, have dreamed for and toward—seems endangered. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Review: 'The King' Is Both an Elvis Presley Documentary and a Song for America," 21 June 2018 Still, Fussenegger and his colleagues are dreaming of a world where receiving medical treatments means a trip to a cafe. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Scientists use caffeine to control genes—and treat diabetic mice with coffee," 20 June 2018 Strawberries and cream, sure—but also blood, sweat and tears, giants and giantslayers, and men and women accomplishing feats normal mortals can only dream of. A-LIST, "Wimbledon Through The Ages," 2 July 2018 To this city, that news is only slightly less rattling than hearing Davy Crockett dreamed of suiting up for Santa Anna. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, "As Kawhi looks elsewhere, a bubble bursts," 16 June 2018 New Tulane pitching coach Daniel Latham returns with College World Series dreamsDaniel Latham has seen what the Tulane baseball program can be. Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com, "MLB Draft 2018: Tulane's Grant Witherspoon picked by Tampa Bay Rays in 4th round," 5 June 2018 Zatorski got her start as an early childhood educator with Head Start 40 years ago, but dreamed of opening her own daycare center. Janice Steinhagen, Courant Community, "Preschool Kids Bond With Seniors Over Mother's Day Gifts," 30 May 2018 As Live Work Work Work Die shows, most success stories are not entirely the result dreams realized in the open market. Shuja Haider, The New Republic, "Silicon Valley’s Rigged Game of Life," 3 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'dream.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of dream

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dream

Noun

Middle English dreem, from Old English drēam noise, joy, and Old Norse draumr dream; akin to Old High German troum dream

Verb

see dream entry 1

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dream

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep

: an idea or vision that is created in your imagination and that is not real

: something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time

dream

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dream (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have visions and thoughts in your sleep : to have a dream while you are sleeping

: to think about something that you wish would happen or something that you want to do or be

dream

noun
\ˈdrēm \

Kids Definition of dream

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of thoughts or visions that occur during sleep

3 : something very pleasing Our vacation was a dream.

4 : a goal that is wished for It's her dream to travel.

dream

verb
dreamed\ˈdremt, ˈdrēmd \ or dreamt\ˈdremt \; dreaming\ˈdrē-miŋ \

Kids Definition of dream (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to have a series of thoughts or visions while sleeping

2 : to spend time having daydreams

3 : to think of as happening or possible I dream of a better world.

dream up

: to think of or invent Did you dream up this plan?

Other Words from dream

dreamer \ˈdrē-mər \ noun

dream

noun, often attributive
\ˈdrēm \

Medical Definition of dream 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep and especially during REM sleep — compare daydream

dream

verb
\ˈdrēm \
dreamed\ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd \ or dreamt\ˈdrem(p)t \; dreaming\ˈdrē-miŋ \

Medical Definition of dream (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to have a dream

2 : to indulge in daydreams or fantasies

transitive verb

: to have a dream of

Other Words from dream

dreamer \ˈdrē-mər \ noun

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