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"dread" in British English

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dreadverb [T]

uk   us   /dred/
C2 to ​feelextremelyworried 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. [+ -ing verb] I'm dreading having to ​meet his ​parents.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.

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dreadnoun [U]

uk   us   /dred/
a ​strongfeeling of ​fear or ​worry: The ​prospect of ​workingfull-time fills me with dread. I live in dread ofbumping into her in the ​street.
dread
adjective [before noun] uk   us   formal
The dread ​spectre of ​civilwarlooms over the ​country.
dreaded
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /ˈdred.ɪd/ humorous
My dreaded ​cousin is coming to ​stay!
(Definition of dread from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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dreadnoun [U]

 us   /dred/
extremefear or ​anxiety about something that is going to ​happen or might ​happen: a dread of ​drowning
dread
verb [T]  us   /dred/
We dreaded ​hearing the ​results of the ​bloodtests.
(Definition of dread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dread”
in Korean 몹시 무서움…
in Arabic رَهبة, فَزع…
in Malaysian sangat takut…
in French terreur…
in Russian бояться, страшиться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 對…感到恐懼, 害怕, 擔心…
in Italian terrore…
in Turkish dehşete kapılmak, korkmak, ödü kopmak…
in Polish obawiać się, bać się…
in Spanish terror…
in Vietnamese sự khiếp sợ…
in Portuguese medo, pavor…
in Thai ความหวาดกลัว…
in German die Furcht…
in Catalan pànic…
in Japanese 恐怖, 不安…
in Chinese (Simplified) 对…感到恐惧, 害怕, 担心…
in Indonesian ketakutan…
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