to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death.
to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties.
Archaic. to hold in respectful awe.
to be in great fear.
terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great fear.
a person or thing dreaded.
dreads, Informal. dreadlocks.
Informal. a person who wears dreadlocks.
Archaic. deep awe or reverence.
greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
held in awe or reverential fear.
- dread·a·ble, adjective
- dread·ness, noun
- pre·dread, noun, verb (used with object)
- un·dread·ed, adjective
- un·dread·ing, adjective
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How to use dread in a sentence
Prized for their efficiency — and dreaded for their overconfident drivers — these taxis are an essential part of mobility on the continent.Can Motorbike Taxis Fix Africa’s E-commerce Problem? | Charu Kasturi | February 10, 2021 | Ozy
The best horror games build a sense of dread and vulnerability, and this moment from “Little Nightmares 2” captures those feelings perfectly, through unsettling sound design, Tim Burton-like art direction and a slow, gradual buildup to a scare.‘Little Nightmares II’ made me dread every moment. And I loved it. | Elise Favis | February 9, 2021 | Washington Post
As I mentioned, I have a son in ninth grade, and like so many, I’m kind of dreading the college-application process.Paying for College Can Be Overwhelming. Here's What You Need to Know to Find an Affordable Option | Sean Gregory | February 5, 2021 | Time
They raced down well-worn pathways of my brain, the ones that lead to dread and fear.Coronavirus is testing those of us with anxiety. We need to have mental health help available when the pandemic ends. | Sarah Vander Schaaff | January 30, 2021 | Washington Post
Most of us want to travel back home to Nigeria, and we have iPhones, we have dreads.
The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella.
A few worries, to be sure, but not that cousin of depression and anxiety, dread.Awaiting the Grand Jury, Dread in Ferguson and America | Gene Robinson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
dread is the feeling I get when something bad seems to be on the way, and I know that there's not a damn thing I can do about it.Awaiting the Grand Jury, Dread in Ferguson and America | Gene Robinson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The specter of this virus fills some of our most stalwart souls with unreasoning dread even when it is no immediate threat.
People will testify they were cured of dread diseases when they prayed to Romero.Why Pope Francis Wants to Declare Murdered Archbishop Romero a Saint | Christopher Dickey | August 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is always in the background of my mind dread lest help should reach the enemy before we have done with Sedd-el-Bahr.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
Before the dread significance of these things became clear, a bugle-call rang out.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
Gray returned no answer, moving restlessly up and down before the door in a fever of excitement and dread.Dope | Sax Rohmer
It was evident that the dread of another period of prison life was strong upon the trembling wretch.The Garret and the Garden | R.M. Ballantyne
In one word, to the whole worship of God the soul that clings to His Covenant will cordially bind itself in his dread presence.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
British Dictionary definitions for dread
to anticipate with apprehension or terror
to fear greatly
archaic to be in awe of
great fear; horror
an object of terror
slang a Rastafarian
archaic deep reverence
literary awesome; awe-inspiring
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