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[ dreem ]


  1. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.
  2. the sleeping state in which this occurs.
  3. an object seen in a dream.
  4. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.
  5. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.
  6. an aspiration; goal; aim:

    A trip to Europe is his dream.

  7. a wild or vain fancy.
  8. something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence.

verb (used without object)

, dreamed or dreamt, dream·ing.
  1. to have a dream.
  2. to indulge in daydreams or reveries:

    He dreamed about vacation plans when he should have been working.

  3. to think or conceive of something in a very remote way (usually followed by of ):

    I wouldn't dream of asking them.

verb (used with object)

, dreamed or dreamt, dream·ing.
  1. to see or imagine in sleep or in a vision.
  2. to imagine as if in a dream; fancy; suppose.
  3. to pass or spend (time) in dreaming (often followed by away ):

    to dream away the afternoon.


  1. most desirable; ideal:

    a dream vacation.

verb phrase

  1. to form in the imagination; devise:

    They dreamed up the most impossible plan.


/ driːm /


    1. mental activity, usually in the form of an imagined series of events, occurring during certain phases of sleep
    2. ( as modifier )

      a dream sequence

    3. ( in combination ) oneiric


    1. a sequence of imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; daydream; fantasy
    2. ( as modifier )

      a dream world

  1. a person or thing seen or occurring in a dream
  2. a cherished hope; ambition; aspiration
  3. a vain hope
  4. a person or thing that is as pleasant, or seemingly unreal, as a dream
  5. go like a dream
    go like a dream to move, develop, or work very well


  1. may take a clause as object to undergo or experience (a dream or dreams)
  2. intr to indulge in daydreams
  3. intr to suffer delusions; be unrealistic

    you're dreaming if you think you can win

  4. whenintr, foll by of or about to have an image (of) or fantasy (about) in or as if in a dream
  5. intrfoll byof to consider the possibility (of)

    I wouldn't dream of troubling you


  1. too good to be true; ideal

    dream kitchen

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdreamˌlike, adjective
  • ˈdreamlessly, adverb
  • ˈdreamingly, adverb
  • ˈdreamfully, adverb
  • ˈdreaming, nounadjective
  • ˈdreamlessness, noun
  • ˈdreamless, adjective
  • ˈdreamful, adjective

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Other Words From

  • dreamful adjective
  • dreamful·ly adverb
  • dreamful·ness noun
  • dreaming·ly adverb
  • dreamlike adjective
  • re·dream verb redreamed or redreamt redreaming
  • un·dreamed adjective
  • un·dreaming adjective
  • un·dreamlike adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dream1

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English dreem, Old English drēam “joy, mirth, gladness,” cognate with Old Saxon drōm “mirth, dream,” Old Norse draumr, Old High German troum “dream”

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dream1

Old English drēam song; related to Old High German troum, Old Norse draumr, Greek thrulos noise

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Idioms and Phrases

  • pipe dream
  • sweet dreams
  • wouldn't dream of

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Synonym Study

Dream, nightmare, and vision refer to the kinds of mental images that form during sleep. Dream is the general term for any such succession of images. A nightmare is a dream that brings fear or anxiety: frightened by a nightmare. Vision refers to a series of images of unusual vividness, clarity, order, and significance, sometimes seen in a dream.

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Example Sentences

His duet with Egyptian singer Mohammed Ramadan, released four years on, racked up 100 million views in a month — numbers that American superstars dream of.

From Ozy

We all know times are incredibly tough, and everyone’s working overtime on steroids to keep their startup dreams alive.

This book is so meaningful to me, and I recommend everyone read it—especially young women who may be unsure of decisions you are facing and how they may impact your ability to reach your dreams.

From Fortune

It’s not clear how much he’s paying for the trip, but one has to assume it’s more than most of us could ever dream of making in our lifetimes.

Many dreamed that instant access to information would improve our ability to discern truth from lies and good from bad.

From Fortune

I was drawn to The Class for different reasons—chiefly, the pipe dream of achieving a tighter and tauter backside.

The Eighty-ninth Congress was potentially more fertile ground for the broad range of controversial programs on his dream agenda.

I fall back into a dream and then suddenly there is a tapping on the window just above my bed.

So where does this leave the millions of Palestinians—like my relatives—who dream of self-determination and a sovereign state?

And for those on the Palestinian right who still dream of driving the Jews into the sea, they too can forget it.

She would never forget it; but realizing its gravity, she decided thereupon never to tell it—the dream—to anybody.

Little did Tressan dream to what a cask of gunpowder he was applying the match of his smug pertness.

She was in a dream of oily odours and monstrous iron constructions, dominated by the grand foreman: and Edwin was in the dream.

As the devil never wanted insinuators, I shall observe, that I learned a way how to make a man dream of what I pleased.

Alice Arden, you little dream of the man and the route by which, possibly, deliverance is speeding to you.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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