- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for dread on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for dreads
It prefers this to what it dreads: a pro-India regime on its western border.America's Pakistan Mess Gets Worse With Alleged NATO Strike
November 27, 2011
What Greenblatt dreads is the decline of literacy, the disappearance of texts, the narrowing of expression.The Book That Changed the World
October 7, 2011
Katie, an ophthalmologist who prefers that we not use her last name, dreads asking patients about any problem involving tearing.The New Pseudo-Shrinks
March 27, 2009
In dealing with your daily dreads you simply counted God out.The Conquest of Fear
A chimney was standing, and I must have clung to it with all my strength, like an animal that dreads death.The Flood
She dreads—she 's not so wrong there—she dreads leaving everything in my power.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume II.
Charles James Lever
"And thus he dreads and hates you," said she, fixing her dark eyes sternly on me.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
Let him not insult her by the doubt that she dreads poverty or long delay.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
- 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 dreads
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.