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Meaning of “dream” in the English Dictionary

"dream" in British English

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dreamnoun [C]

uk   us   /driːm/
  • dream noun [C] (SLEEP)

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

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  • 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 ​flyinglessons. 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 ​ourfantasticcompetition!

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dreamadjective

uk   us   /driːm/

dreamverb

uk   us   /driːm/ (dreamed or dreamt, dreamed or dreamt)
  • dream verb (SLEEP)

A2 [I or T] to ​experienceevents and ​images in ​yourmind while you are ​sleeping: What did you dream about last ​night? I often dream about/offlying. [+ 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.

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  • dream verb (HOPE)

B1 [I] to ​imagine something that you would like to ​happen: I dream ofliving on a ​tropicalisland. [+ that] He never dreamed that one ​day he would ​becomepresident.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!"
(Definition of dream from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dream" in American English

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dreamnoun [C]

 us   /drim/
  • dream noun [C] (SLEEP)

the ​activities, ​images, and ​feelingsexperienced by the ​mind during ​sleep: In the dream I had last ​night, someone was ​chasing me, but I didn’t ​know who it was.
  • dream noun [C] (HOPE)

an ​event or ​condition that you ​hope for very much, ​although it is not ​likely to ​happen: It was his dream to be a ​dancer. Dream is sometimes used before a ​noun when you ​want to say that something is ​almostperfect: If there were one more ​bedroom, it would be my dream ​house.

dreamverb

 us   /drim/ (past tense and past participle dreamed  /drimd, dremt/ or dreamt  /dremt/ )
  • dream verb (SEE IMAGES)

to ​experienceactivities, ​images, and ​feelings in ​yourmind during ​sleep: [I] What did you dream about last ​night? [+ that clause] I dreamed that I was in a ​boat on a ​biglake, and I was ​trying to get back to ​land.
  • dream verb (HOPE)

[I] to ​desire something very much and ​hope that it ​happens: Ever since that ​defeat, he had dreamed of ​revenge.
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(Definition of dream from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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