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dread

verb [T] uk   /dred/ us  
C2 to feel extremely worried or frightened about something that is going to happen or that might happen: He's dreading his driving test - 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.

dread

noun [U] uk   /dred/ us  
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   formal us  
The dread spectre of civil war looms over the country.
dreaded
adjective [before noun] uk   /ˈdred.ɪd/ humorous us  
My dreaded cousin is coming to stay!
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