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verb (used with object)
  1. to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death.
  2. to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties.
  3. Archaic. to hold in respectful awe.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to be in great fear.
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noun
  1. terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great fear.
  2. a person or thing dreaded.
  3. dreads, Informal. dreadlocks.
  4. Informal. a person who wears dreadlocks.w
  5. Archaic. deep awe or reverence.
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adjective
  1. greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
  2. held in awe or reverential fear.
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Origin of dread

1125–75; Middle English dreden (v.), Old English drǣdan, aphetic variant of adrǣdan, ondrǣdan; cognate with Old High German intrātan to fear
Related formsdread·a·ble, adjectivedread·ness, nounpre·dread, noun, verb (used with object)un·dread·ed, adjectiveun·dread·ing, adjective

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5. See fear. 10. dire, dreadful, horrible.

Antonyms

1. welcome.
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dread

verb (tr)
  1. to anticipate with apprehension or terror
  2. to fear greatly
  3. archaic to be in awe of
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noun
  1. great fear; horror
  2. an object of terror
  3. slang a Rastafarian
  4. archaic deep reverence
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adjective
  1. literary awesome; awe-inspiring
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Word Origin

Old English ondrǣdan; related to Old Saxon antdrādan, Old High German intrātan
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Word Origin and History for dreaded

dread

v.

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.

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