Meaning of DREAM in English

I. ˈdrēm noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English dreem, from Old English drēam noise, joy, and Old Norse draumr dream; akin to Old High German troum dream

Date: 13th century

1. : a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep — compare REM sleep

2. : an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream: as

a. : a visionary creation of the imagination : daydream

b. : a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality : reverie

c. : an object seen in a dreamlike state : vision

3. : something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality

the new car is a dream to operate


a. : a strongly desired goal or purpose

a dream of becoming president

b. : something that fully satisfies a wish : ideal

a meal that was a gourmet's dream

• dream·ful -fəl adjective

• dream·ful·ly -fə-lē adverb

• dream·ful·ness noun

• dream·less adjective

• dream·less·ly adverb

• dream·less·ness noun

• dream·like ˈdrēm-ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

( dreamed ˈdrem(p)t, ˈdrēmd ; or dreamt ˈdrem(p)t ; dream·ing ˈdrē-miŋ)

Date: 13th century

intransitive verb

1. : to have a dream

2. : to indulge in daydreams or fantasies

dream ing of a better future

3. : to appear tranquil or dreamy

houses dream in leafy shadows — Gladys Taber

transitive verb

1. : to have a dream of

2. : to consider as a possibility : imagine

3. : to pass (time) in reverie or inaction

dream ing the hours away

- dream of

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.