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English definition of “dread”

dread

verb [T]     /dred/
C2 to feel extremely worried or frightened about something that is going to happen or that might happen: He's dreading his driving test - he's sure he's going to fail. [+ -ing verb] I'm dreading having to meet his parents.AfraidCausing anxiety and worryMaking people sad, shocked and upset dread to think C2 used to say that you do not want to think about something because it is too worrying: I dread to think what would happen if he was left to cope on his own.Anxious and worried
(Definition of dread verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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