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"dread" in British English

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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. [+ -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   /dred/  us   /dred/
a strong feeling of fear or worry: The prospect of working full-time fills me with dread. I live in dread of bumping into her in the street.
dread
adjective [before noun] uk   us   formal
The dread spectre of civil war looms over the country.
dreaded
adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈdred.ɪd/  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/
extreme fear 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 blood tests.
(Definition of dread from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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