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dread

noun [U]  /dred/ us  
extreme fear or anxiety about something that is going to happen or might happen: a dread of drowning
dread
verb [T]  /dred/ us  
We dreaded hearing the results of the blood tests.
Translations of “dread”
in Korean 몹시 무서움…
in Arabic رَهبة, فَزع…
in French terreur…
in Turkish dehşete kapılmak, korkmak, ödü kopmak…
in Italian terrore…
in Chinese (Traditional) 對…感到恐懼, 害怕, 擔心…
in Russian бояться, страшиться…
in Polish obawiać się, bać się…
in Spanish terror…
in Portuguese medo, pavor…
in German die Furcht…
in Catalan pànic…
in Japanese 恐怖, 不安…
in Chinese (Simplified) 对…感到恐惧, 害怕, 担心…
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