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dream

noun [C] uk   us   /driːm/

dream noun [C] (SLEEP)

A2 a series of events or images that happen in your mind 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 flying lessons. 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 our fantastic competition!
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dream

adjective uk   us   /driːm/
dream house, job, etc. the perfect house, job, etc., that you want more than any other

dream

verb uk   us   /driːm/ (dreamed or dreamt, dreamed or dreamt)

dream verb (SLEEP)

A2 [I or T] to experience events and images in your mind while you are sleeping: What did you dream about last night? I often dream about/of flying. [+ 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 of living on a tropical island. [+ that] He never dreamed that one day he would become president.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!"
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