Nearby words

  1. dreadful,
  2. dreadfully,
  3. dreadlocks,
  4. dreadnought,
  5. dreads,
  6. dream act,
  7. dream analysis,
  8. dream book,
  9. dream come true, a,
  10. dream merchant

Origin of dream

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; modern sense first recorded in ME but presumably also current in Old English, as in Old Saxon

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Synonym study

1. 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.

dreamtime

[dreem-tahym]

noun

(often initial capital letter) the ancient time of the creation of all things by sacred ancestors, whose spirits continue into the present, as conceived in the mythology of the Australian Aborigines.

Origin of dreamtime

First recorded in 1905–10; dream + time

Also called alcheringa, the dreaming.

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British Dictionary definitions for dreaming

Dreamtime

noun

Also called: alchera (ˈæltʃərə), alcheringa (in the mythology of Australian Aboriginal peoples) a mythical Golden Age of the past
Australian informal any remote period, out of touch with the actualities of the present

dream

noun

  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)dreamland Related adjective: oneiric
  1. a sequence of imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; daydream; fantasy
  2. (as modifier)a dream world
a person or thing seen or occurring in a dream
a cherished hope; ambition; aspiration
a vain hope
a person or thing that is as pleasant, or seemingly unreal, as a dream
go like a dream to move, develop, or work very well

verb dreams, dreaming, dreamed or dreamt (drɛmt)

(may take a clause as object) to undergo or experience (a dream or dreams)
(intr) to indulge in daydreams
(intr) to suffer delusions; be unrealisticyou're dreaming if you think you can win
(when intr, foll by of or about) to have an image (of) or fantasy (about) in or as if in a dream
(intr foll by of) to consider the possibility (of)I wouldn't dream of troubling you

adjective

too good to be true; idealdream kitchen
See also dream up

Derived Forms

Word Origin for dream

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

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Word Origin and History for dreaming
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Medicine definitions for dreaming

dream

[drēm]

n.

A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.

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Idioms and Phrases with dreaming

dream

In addition to the idioms beginning with dream

  • dream come true, a
  • dream up

also see:

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