Translation of "dread" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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dreadverb [ T ]

uk /dred/ us /dred/

C2 to feel extremely worried or frightened about something that is going to happen or that might happen

He's dreading the exam - he's sure he's going to fail. 他在为驾照考试而担心——他觉得自己肯定过不了。
[ + -ing verb ] I'm dreading having to meet his parents. 因为不得不见他的父母,我很害怕。
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. 我不敢想象,如果让他自己去应付会怎么样。

More examples

  • We are dreading the idea of having my son's friends to stay.
  • I dread to think what they say about me behind my back.
  • That night as he dreamed, the warrior was confronted by the enemy he dreaded most.
  • Although I was absolutely dreading telling Dad, he was actually very understanding when I told him.
  • What is now happening in the country is what I dreaded most - it is descending into anarchy and civil war.

dreadnoun [ U ]

uk /dred/ us /dred/

a strong feeling of fear or worry

The prospect of working full-time fills me with dread. 可能要实行全日工作制,这让我很担忧。
I live in dread of bumping into her in the street. 我每天都害怕在街上碰见她。

(Translation of “dread” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)