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English definition of “dread”


noun [U]  /dred/ us  
extreme fear or anxiety about something that is going to happen or might happen: a dread of drowning
verb [T]  /dred/ us  
We dreaded hearing the results of the blood tests.
(Definition of dread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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