Meaning of DREAM in English

I. ˈdrēm noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English dreem, from Old English drēam noise, joy, music, probably influenced in meaning by Old Norse draumr dream; probably akin to Old High German troum dream, Old Norse draumr, Greek thrylos noise, din, Latvian duñduris gadfly, wasp — more at drone


a. : a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep : a semblance of reality or events occurring to one asleep

b. psychoanalysis : condensed, elaborated, symbolized, or otherwise distorted images of memories or of unconscious impulses experienced especially during sleep but also during other lapses in attention the meaning of which is concealed from the ego ; also : the verbal or written report of such images or experiences

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

a. : a visionary creation of the imagination : daydream

the dreams of youth

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

lives in a dream , oblivious of all practical concerns

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

if you be what I think you, some sweet dream — Alfred Tennyson

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

she wore a dream of a dress

it was a dream of a trip

the food is marvelous … and the setting is an absolute dream — T.H.Fielding

4. : a major aim, goal, or purpose the attainment of which is ardently desired or longed for : ideal

the shore thou foundest verifies thy dream — Walt Whitman

the dream of … an empire stretching to the Pacific — R.W.Van Alstyne

achieved her dream of becoming a professional writer — Current Biography

Synonyms: see fancy

II. verb

( dreamed ˈdrem(p)t, -ēmd ; or dreamt -em(p)t ; dreamed or dreamt ; dreaming -ēmiŋ ; dreams -ēmz)

Etymology: Middle English dremen, from dreem, n.

intransitive verb

1. : to have a dream : have ideas or images in the mind while asleep

there are very normal people who dream nightly — Otto Fenichel

she dreamed of taking a trip and awoke with a feeling of excitement

2. : to let the mind run on in idle reverie : give oneself over to effortless thought especially of a fanciful nature

the tendency of the population to dream about their ancient glory rather than struggle with contemporary facts — Samuel Van Valkenburg & Ellsworth Huntington

dreaming of renown to come — Charles Kingsley

3. : to wish for something ardently or yearningly : long : scheme, plan, or aspire for the attainment of some object — usually used with of

she dreamed of becoming a language teacher — Gertrude Samuels

those powers who dream of further aggrandizement in the East

4. : to appear tranquil or dreamy : be suggestive of or give an impression of tranquility or dreaming

quaint historic villages where pre-Revolutionary houses dream in leafy shadows — Gladys Taber

the pale dreaming sky — Dorothy C. Fisher

transitive verb

1. : to have a dream of : imagine in sleep : think of or seem to have a sensory impression of while asleep

your old men shall dream dreams — Acts 2:17 (Revised Standard Version)

according to Descartes a dreamer supposes that what he dreams are real objects and incidents — Margaret Macdonald

I dreamt that I dwelt in marble halls — Alfred Bunn

2. : to consider as a possibility : conceive of : imagine

little dreaming that I could park my car, climb down the bank, set up my rod and catch big trout — Joseph Novick

the great new country whose expanse they did not dream — Meridel Le Sueur

3. : to pass (time) in reverie or inaction — usually used with away

he dreamed his life away

- dream of

III. adjective

Etymology: dream (I)

1. : of, relating to, involved in, or resembling a dream

2. : experienced in a dream

dream myths of the Mohave, that are sung by the person who has dreamt the myth — Edward Sapir

3. : appropriate to a pleasant dream : marked by as desirable qualities as can be imagined : approaching perfection or the ideal

win a dream holiday in Europe

he is the dream competitor — the one in 10,000 who has the temperament to match the talent — Time

a display of dream cars

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.