dread (dreads, present participle dreading; past and past participle dreaded)
- (transitive) To fear greatly.
- To anticipate with fear.
- I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.
- 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty Chapter 22
- Day by day, hole by hole our bearing reins were shortened, and instead of looking forward with pleasure to having my harness put on as I used to do, I began to dread it.
- (intransitive) To be in dread, or great fear.
- (transitive) To style (the hair) into dreadlocks.
- French: redouter, craindre
- German: fürchten
- Italian: temere
- Portuguese: temer
- Russian: боя́ться
- Spanish: temer
- Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
- my visit to the doctor is filling me with dread
- the secret dread of divine displeasure
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene i]:
- the dread of something after death
- Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗, Genesis 9:2 ↗:
- The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth.
- c. 1596–1598, William Shakespeare, “The Merchant of Venice”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
- His sceptre shows the force of temporal power, / The attribute to awe and majesty, / Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings.
- Somebody or something dreaded.
- (obsolete) A person highly revered.
- Una, his dear dread
- (obsolete) Fury; dreadfulness.
- A Rastafarian.
- (chiefly, in the plural) dreadlock
- French: crainte
- German: Furcht, Angst
- Italian: timore
- Portuguese: temor, terror
- Russian: страх
- Spanish: pavor, temor
- Portuguese: terrível
dread (comparative dreader, superlative dreadest)
- Terrible; greatly feared.
- (archaic) Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
- German: furchterregend, grauenerregend