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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Playing in a record 47th Grand Slam semifinal, Djokovic executed the sort of tactical deconstruction of Shelton that has crushed the dreams and good vibes and flash that so many younger players have come at him with before.—Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 9 Sep. 2023 Designing the stamps was certainly a dream project for Meléndez, who is known for his murals and design work for Starbucks.—Susan Montoya Bryan, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2023 With four smooth wheels and a large compartment to hold your dream wardrobe, this small-but-mighty suitcase makes checking a bag one less thing to worry about.—Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 9 Sep. 2023 But just when Aysha seems in danger of being reduced to a manic pixie dream girl or damsel in distress in his journey of self-discovery, the balance reverses in the second hour, as she’s confronted with her own crisis of identity.—Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2023 The title might be a salute to Katy Perry, but Olivia sings about a very different kind of teenage dream.—Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2023 Check features a clean and vibrant geometric design that feels like any contemporary lover's dream.—Sophia Beams, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Sep. 2023 But the dream is short-lived: this is the last conversation Kall and Linda will ever have.—Talya Zax, The New Yorker, 8 Sep. 2023 The film also resonates with the dreams and despairs of millions of migrant workers and their families back home.—Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 7 Sep. 2023
While foreigners dreamed of Parma’s prosciutto, Umbrians knew the hams of Norcia, so good that the town gave Italy the word norcino — someone who cures meat.—Julia Buckley, Travel + Leisure, 10 Sep. 2023 The Swaddle Up by Love to Dream is for those who dare to dream of another way to swaddle.—Samson McDougall, Parents, 8 Sep. 2023 At her family’s small Italian restaurant in Nogales, Arizona, Nicole Davison León dreamt of being the first in her household to attend college.—oregonlive, 8 Sep. 2023 Between those games, a lot of teams are going to start the year 1-0, and their loyal fans will begin dreaming about a trip to the Super Bowl.—Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, 7 Sep. 2023 No one ever imagined or dreamed of being in this position.—Sean Neumann, Peoplemag, 5 Sep. 2023 After bringing together his first class, Johnson hired videographers, dreaming that the footage would one day end up on Netflix.—Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 4 Sep. 2023 For years, urbanists and civic leaders have dreamed of getting Madison Square Garden to move elsewhere in Manhattan, freeing up the station below for a true overhaul.—Dana Rubinstein, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2023 California infielder Louis Lappe accomplished something every 12-year-old athlete has dreamed about in their backyard or in practice – hit a walk-off home run to win a game for your team.—Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, 27 Aug. 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