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dream

noun, often attributive \ ˈdrēm \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of dream

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 1visionary 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
4 a : 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

dreamful

play \-fəl\ adjective

dreamfully

play \-fə-lē\ adverb

dreamfulness

noun

dreamless

adjective

dreamlessly

adverb

dreamlessness

noun

dreamlike

play \ˈdrēm-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of dream in a Sentence

  1. He had a dream about climbing a mountain.

  2. You were in my dream last night.

  3. I've found the man of my dreams.

  4. They succeeded beyond their wildest dreams.

  5. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it would be so much fun.

  6. If you think the work will be easy, you're living in a dream world.

  7. He has had a lifelong dream of becoming an actor.

  8. It's a dream of mine to own a house in the country.

  9. Tell me your hopes and dreams.

  10. Making it to the Olympics was a dream come true.

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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.

Origin and Etymology of dream

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


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dream

verb

Definition of dream

dreamed play \ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd\ or dreamt play \ˈdrem(p)t\; dreaming play \ˈdrē-miŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to have a series of thoughts, images, or emotions while sleeping : to have a dream (see 1dream 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 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

Examples of dream in a Sentence

  1. Did it really happen or did I just dream it?

  2. He tends to dream big but he never really does the things he dreams of doing.

Recent Examples of dream from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dream

see 1dream


DREAM Defined for English Language Learners

dream

noun

Definition of dream for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of dream for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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dream

noun \ ˈdrēm \

Definition of dream for Students

1 : a series of thoughts or visions that occur during sleep
2 : 1daydream
3 : something very pleasing Our vacation was a dream.
4 : a goal that is wished for It's her dream to travel.

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dream

verb

Definition of dream for Students

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

dreamer

\ˈdrē-mər\ noun
dream up
: to think of or invent
  • Did you dream up this plan?

Medical Dictionary

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dream

noun, often attributive \ ˈdrēm \

medical Definition of dream

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

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dream

verb \ ˈdrēm \

medical Definition of dream

dreamed play \ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd\ or dreamt play \ˈdrem(p)t\; dreaming play \ˈdrē-miŋ\
intransitive verb
1 : to have a dream
2 : to indulge in daydreams or fantasies
transitive verb
: to have a dream of

dreamer

play \ˈdrē-mər\ noun


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