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daydream

[dey-dreem] /ˈdeɪˌdrim/
noun
1.
a reverie indulged in while awake.
verb (used without object)
2.
to indulge in such a reverie.
Origin of daydream
1675-1685
First recorded in 1675-85; day + dream
Related forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
Synonyms
2. fantasize, dream, muse, woolgather.
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  • To console myself I read and re-read your letters and daydream about the future.

    Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson
  • At last I had him dead right: broadside to me and motionless as if in a daydream.

    Our Southern Highlanders Horace Kephart
  • The normal time for a daydream is the time when there is no real act to be performed.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • These also are play of imagination, even freer from control and criticism than the daydream.

    Psychology Robert S. Woodworth
  • Ellie's eyes show that she is not arguing, but in a daydream.

    Heartbreak House George Bernard Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for daydream

daydream

/ˈdeɪˌdriːm/
noun
1.
a pleasant dreamlike fantasy indulged in while awake; idle reverie
2.
a pleasant scheme or wish that is unlikely to be fulfilled; pipe dream
verb
3.
(intransitive) to have daydreams; indulge in idle fantasy
Derived Forms
daydreamer, noun
daydreamy, adjective
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Word Origin and History for daydream
n.

1680s, from day + dream (n.). As a verb, attested from 1820. Related: Daydreamer; daydreaming.

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