Meaning of DREAM in English

— dreamful , adj. — dreamfully , adv. — dreamfulness , n. — dreamingly , adv. — dreamlike , adj.

/dreem/ , n. , v. , dreamed or dreamt, dreaming , adj.


1. a succession of images, thoughts, or emotions passing through the mind during sleep.

2. the sleeping state in which this occurs.

3. an object seen in a dream.

4. an involuntary vision occurring to a person when awake.

5. a vision voluntarily indulged in while awake; daydream; reverie.

6. an aspiration; goal; aim: A trip to Europe is his dream.

7. a wild or vain fancy.

8. something of an unreal beauty, charm, or excellence.


9. to have a dream.

10. to indulge in daydreams or reveries: He dreamed about vacation plans when he should have been working.

11. to think or conceive of something in a very remote way (usually fol. by of ): I wouldn't dream of asking them.


12. to see or imagine in sleep or in a vision.

13. to imagine as if in a dream; fancy; suppose.

14. to pass or spend (time) in dreaming (often fol. by away ): to dream away the afternoon.

15. dream up , to form in the imagination; devise: They dreamed up the most impossible plan.


16. most desirable; ideal: a dream vacation.

[ 1200-50; ME dreem, OE dream joy, mirth, gladness, c. OS drom mirth, dream, ON draumr, OHG troum dream; modern sense first recorded in ME but presumably also current in OE, as in OS ]

Syn. 1. DREAM, NIGHTMARE, and VISION refer to the kinds of mental images that form during sleep. DREAM is the general term for any such succession of images. A NIGHTMARE is a dream that brings fear or anxiety: frightened by a nightmare. VISION refers to a series of images of unusual vividness, clarity, order, and significance, sometimes seen in a dream.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .