from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To be in terror of.
- transitive v. To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: dreaded the long drive home.
- transitive v. Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
- intransitive v. To be very afraid.
- n. Profound fear; terror.
- n. Fearful or distasteful anticipation. See Synonyms at fear.
- n. An object of fear, awe, or reverence.
- n. Archaic Awe; reverence.
- adj. Causing terror or fear: a dread disease.
- adj. Inspiring awe: the dread presence of the headmaster.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To fear greatly.
- v. To anticipate with fear.
- n. A great fear.
- n. Somebody or something dreaded.
- n. A Rastafarian.
- n. dreadlock
- adj. Terrible; greatly feared.
- adj. Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
- intransitive v. To be in dread, or great fear.
- n. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
- n. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
- n. An object of terrified apprehension.
- n. A person highly revered.
- n. Fury; dreadfulness.
- n. Doubt.
- adj. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
- adj. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To fear in a great degree; be in shrinking apprehension or expectation of: used chiefly with reference to the future: as, to dread death.
- To cause to fear; alarm; frighten.
- To venerate; hold in respectful awe.
- To be in great fear, especially of something which may come to pass.
- n. Great fear or apprehension; tremulous anticipation of or repugnance to the happening of something: as, the dread of evil; the dread of suffering; the dread of the divine displeasure.
- n. Awe; fear united with respect; terror.
- n. A cause or object of apprehension; the person or the thing dreaded.
- n. Doubt.
- Dreaded; such as to excite great fear or apprehension; terrible; frightful.
- That is to be dreaded or feared; awful; solemn; venerable: as, dread sovereign; a dread tribunal.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. causing fear or dread or terror
- v. be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
- n. fearful expectation or anticipation
Middle English dreden, short for adreden, from Old English adrǣdan, from ondrǣdan, to advise against, fear : ond-, and-, against; see un-2 + rǣdan, to advise; see ar- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan ("to fear, caution against"), aphetic form of ādrǣdan, ondrǣdan ("to advise or counsel against"); compare with Dutch ontraden ("to advise or counsel against"), from and- ("against") + rǣdan ("to counsel, advise"). Akin to Old High German intrātan ("to fear"). More at read. (Wiktionary)