dreadverb [ T ]uk /dred/ us /dred/
dread to think
- We are dreading the idea of having my son's friends to stay.
- I dread to think what they say about me behind my back.
- That night as he dreamed, the warrior was confronted by the enemy he dreaded most.
- Although I was absolutely dreading telling Dad, he was actually very understanding when I told him.
- What is now happening in the country is what I dreaded most - it is descending into anarchy and civil war.
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dreadnoun [ U ]uk /dred/ us /dred/
adjective [ before noun ] uk us formal