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dream

noun [C]  /drim/ us  

dream noun [C] (SLEEP)

the activities, images, and feelings experienced by the mind during sleep: In the dream I had last night, someone was chasing me, but I didn’t know who it was.

dream noun [C] (HOPE)

an event or condition that you hope for very much, although it is not likely to happen: It was his dream to be a dancer. Dream is sometimes used before a noun when you want to say that something is almost perfect: If there were one more bedroom, it would be my dream house.

dream

verb  /drim/ (past tense and past participle dreamed  /drimd, dremt/ or dreamt  /dremt/) us  

dream verb (SEE IMAGES)

to experience activities, images, and feelings in your mind during sleep: [I] What did you dream about last night? [+ that clause] I dreamed that I was in a boat on a big lake, and I was trying to get back to land.

dream verb (HOPE)

[I] to desire something very much and hope that it happens: Ever since that defeat, he had dreamed of revenge.
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