dream (plural dreams)
- Imaginary events seen in the mind while sleeping.
- Synonyms: sweven
- hypo en
- Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes.
- I had a dream which was not all a dream.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter II, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
- She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact, drowsily realising that since she had fallen asleep it had come on to rain smartly out of a shrouded sky.
- (figurative) A hope or wish.
- 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803 ↗:
- So this was my future home, I thought! […] Backed by towering hills, the but faintly discernible purple line of the French boundary off to the southwest, a sky of palest Gobelin flecked with fat, fleecy little clouds, it in truth looked a dear little city; the city of one's dreams.
- A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy.
- Synonyms: vision
- a dream of bliss
- the dream of his youth
, John Donne's Satires Versified
- There sober thought pursued the amusing theme, / Till Fancy coloured it and formed a dream.
- It is not to them a mere dream, but a very real aim which they propose.
- French: rêve, songe, voeu, souhait, vœu
- German: Traum, Wunsch
- Italian: sogno
- Portuguese: sonho, desejo
- Russian: мечта́
- Spanish: sueño
- French: rêve
dream (dreams, present participle dreaming; past and past participle dreamed)
- (intransitive) To see imaginary events in one's mind while sleeping.
- (intransitive) To hope, to wish.
- (intransitive) To daydream.
- Stop dreaming and get back to work.
- (transitive) To envision as an imaginary experience (usually when asleep).
- I dreamed a vivid dream last night.
- And still they dream that they shall still succeed.
- At length in sleep their bodies they compose, / And dreamt the future fight, and early rose.
- (intransitive) To consider the possibility (of).
- I wouldn't dream of snubbing you in public.
- 1599-1602, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act I scene 5, lines 167-8
- There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, / Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
- 1879, R[ichard] J[efferies], chapter 1, in The Amateur Poacher, London: Smith, Elder, & Co., […], OCLC 752825175 ↗:
- But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶ […] The linen-press and a chest on the top of it formed, however, a very good gun-carriage; and, thus mounted, aim could be taken out of the window […], and a 'bead' could be drawn upon Molly, the dairymaid, kissing the fogger behind the hedge, little dreaming that the deadly tube was levelled at them.
- French: rêver, souhaiter
- German: träumen, wünschen
- Italian: sognare
- Portuguese: sonhar, desejar
- Russian: мечта́ть
- Spanish: soñar
dream (not comparable)
- Ideal; perfect.