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dream

noun [C] uk   /driːm/ us  

dream noun [C] (SLEEP)

A2 a series of events or images that happen in your mind when you are sleeping: a good/bad dream a recurring dream I had a very odd dream about you last night. [+ that] Paul had a dream that he won the lottery.

dream noun [C] (HOPE)

B1 something that you want to happen very much but that is not very likely: It's always been my dream to have flying lessons. Winning all that money was a dream come true. of your dreams the best that you can imagine: Win the house of your dreams in our fantastic competition!

dream

adjective uk   /driːm/ us  
dream holiday, house, job, etc. the perfect holiday, house, job, etc., that you want more than any other

dream

verb uk   /driːm/ (dreamed or dreamt, dreamed or dreamt) us  

dream verb (SLEEP)

A2 [I or T] to experience events and images in your mind while you are sleeping: What did you dream about last night? I often dream about/of flying. [+ that] I dreamed that I was having a baby. [I or T] mainly UK to imagine that you have heard, done, or seen something when you have not: Did you say that you were going tonight or did I dream it? I thought I'd bought some polish and it seems I haven't - I must have been dreaming.

dream verb (HOPE)

B1 [I] to imagine something that you would like to happen: I dream of living on a tropical island. [+ that] He never dreamed that one day he would become president. dream on informal used to tell someone that what they are hoping for is not likely to happen or to be true: "Watch. All I have to do is wink at her, and she'll come over here." "Dream on, Dave!"
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