- 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.w
- Archaic. deep awe or reverence.
- greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
- held in awe or reverential fear.
Origin of dread
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Examples from the Web for dread
The name that most Republicans seem both to expect and dread to consider running is Vito Fossella.The Felon Who Wouldn’t Leave Congress
Ben Jacobs, David Freedlander
December 23, 2014
A few worries, to be sure, but not that cousin of depression and anxiety, dread.
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.
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
August 24, 2014
Throughout, they demonstrate a sophisticated appreciation for an artistic quest that was haunted by dread, persecution, and loss.Why the CIA Loved ‘Doctor Zhivago’
June 26, 2014
There is one stream which I dread my inability to stem—it is the tide of Popular Opinion.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
I dread to go down, said she, with so determined an answer: they will have no patience with me.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
We do not dread, rather do we welcome, their progress in education and industry.
He passed his hand across his damp forehead, for he felt faint with dread.Viviette
William J. Locke
I cannot remember the time when a dread of one kind or another was not in the air.The Conquest of Fear
- 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
Word Origin and History for dread
late 12c., a shortening of Old English adrædan, contraction of ondrædan "counsel or advise against," also "to dread, fear, be afraid," from on- "against" + rædan "to advise" (see read (v.)). Cognate of Old Saxon andradon, Old High German intraten. Related: Dreaded; dreading. As a noun from 12c.