- 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 dreading
Gävle Goat must be dreading the imminent holiday and his fifty-fifty chance of destruction.Sweden’s Burning Christmas Goat
December 25, 2014
Is it possible to really look forward to something, while dreading it too?How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
I was dreading that moment, because there I was thinking I was wasting all of my money and I would have no more savings.Meet Justin Jedlica, the Real Life Ken Doll
April 15, 2014
I became paranoid and avoided her neighborhood, dreading the idea of running into her.Model Diaries: Escape From Istanbul
March 8, 2014
With Dolly dreading a return across the Atlantic to singledom, Emily strikes upon the idea that she could stay as a temporary PA.‘Doll & Em’ Is the Female ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’
February 7, 2014
Dreading a rejection, I solicited the interest of the merry damsel.The Seven Vagabonds (From "Twice Told Tales")
It seemed to me that the trouble I was dreading would come through her.My Double Life
It was the hemorrhage coming, the near end which Ferrand had been dreading.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
They still carry the bucket and the pole, hoping yet dreading to meet their parents.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
"No, I swear to you I don't," said Muffat, dreading a scene.
- 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 dreading
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.