verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of dread
Examples from the Web for dreading
Gävle Goat must be dreading the imminent holiday and his fifty-fifty chance of destruction.
Is it possible to really look forward to something, while dreading it too?
I was dreading that moment, because there I was thinking I was wasting all of my money and I would have no more savings.
I became paranoid and avoided her neighborhood, dreading the idea of running into her.
With Dolly dreading a return across the Atlantic to singledom, Emily strikes upon the idea that she could stay as a temporary PA.
He hung about the house for several days, dreading the return to college and Mrs. Winkler.The Forbidden Trail|Honor Willsie
Philippe was not cold; he perspired in his harness, dreading further questions.Maitre Cornelius|Honore de Balzac
With a little shiver of disgust she drew slightly away from him, dreading what was to come.Keith of the Border|Randall Parrish
He lost no time in climbing down to her side, dreading what he might find.The Man of the Desert|Grace Livingston Hill
"It was silly of me, but I was so dreading that 'Miss Ward;'" and somehow a load seemed lifted off her at that moment.Mollie's Prince|Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for dreading
Word Origin for dread
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.