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English definition of “dread”

dread

verb     /dred/
[T] to feel worried or frightened about something that has not happened yet: I'm dreading the first day at my new school. [+ doing sth] I dread seeing him again.AfraidAnxious and worried
I dread to think UK used to say that you do not want to think about something because it is too worrying: I dread to think what could have happened if we hadn't been wearing seat belts.Afraid
(Definition of dread verb from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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