Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
  • n. A daydream; a reverie.
  • n. A state of abstraction; a trance.
  • n. A wild fancy or hope.
  • n. A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration: a dream of owning their own business.
  • n. One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful: Our new car runs like a dream.
  • intransitive v. To experience a dream in sleep: dreamed of meeting an old friend.
  • intransitive v. To daydream.
  • intransitive v. To have a deep aspiration: dreaming of a world at peace.
  • intransitive v. To regard something as feasible or practical: I wouldn't dream of trick skiing on icy slopes.
  • transitive v. To experience a dream of while asleep: Did it storm last night, or did I dream it?
  • transitive v. To conceive of; imagine.
  • transitive v. To pass (time) idly or in reverie.
  • dream on Informal Used in the imperative to indicate that a statement or suggestion is improbable or unrealistic.
  • dream up To invent; concoct: dreamed up a plan to corner the market.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Imaginary events seen in the mind while sleeping.
  • n. A hope or wish.
  • v. To see imaginary events in one's mind while sleeping
  • v. To hope, to wish
  • v. To daydream
  • v. to create an imaginary experience (usually when asleep)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision.
  • n. A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy; a vagary; a revery; -- in this sense, applied to an imaginary or anticipated state of happiness
  • intransitive v. To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep; to experience sleeping visions; -- often with of.
  • intransitive v. To let the mind run on in idle revery or vagary; to anticipate vaguely as a coming and happy reality; to have a visionary notion or idea; to imagine.
  • transitive v. To have a dream of; to see, or have a vision of, in sleep, or in idle fancy; -- often followed by an objective clause.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be partially, and with more or less confusion or incoherence, conscious of images and thoughts during sleep: with of before an object: as, to dream of a battle; to dream of an absent friend.
  • To think idly or dreamily; give way to visionary thought or speculation; indulge in reverie or waking visions.
  • To have indefinite thought or expectation; think of something as possible; conceive: with of: as, he little dreamed of his approaching fate.
  • To see or think in a dream; imagine in sleep.
  • To imagine as if in a dream; think about vainly, idly, or fancifully.
  • To suppose indefinitely; have a conception of or about; believe in a general way.
  • To pass in reverie or inaction; spend idly or fancifully: followed by away, out, or through: as, to dream, away one's life.
  • n. A succession of images or fantastic ideas present in the mind during sleep; the sleeping state in which such images occur.
  • n. That which is presented to the mind by the imaginative faculty, though not in sleep; a vision of the fancy, especially a wild or vain fancy.
  • n. A noise, especially a joyful noise; jubilation; music.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a cherished desire
  • v. have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
  • n. a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality
  • n. someone or something wonderful
  • n. a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep
  • v. experience while sleeping
  • n. a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)
  • n. imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake

Etymologies

Middle English drem, from Old English drēam, joy, music; akin to Old Saxon drōm, mirth, dream.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English dreem, possibly from Old English drēam ("joy, pleasure, gladness, delight, mirth, rejoicing, rapture, ecstasy, frenzy, music, musical instrument, harmony, melody, song, singing, jubilation, sound of music"), from Proto-Germanic *draumaz, *draugmaz (“festivity, dream, ghost, hallucination, delusion, deception”), from Proto-Germanic *draugaz (“delusion, mirage, illusion”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrAugʰ-, *dʰreugʰ- (“to deceive, injure, damage”); meaning influenced in Middle English by Old Norse draumr ("dream"), from same Proto-Germanic root. Cognate with Scots dreme ("dream"), North Frisian drom ("dream"), West Frisian dream ("dream"), Dutch droom ("dream"), German Traum ("dream"), Swedish dröm ("dream"), Icelandic draumur ("dream"). Related also to Old English drēag ("spectre, apparition"), Dutch bedrog ("deception, deceit"), German Trug ("deception, illusion"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English dremen, possibly (see above) from Old English drīeman ("to make a joyous sound with voice or with instrument; rejoice; sing a song; play on an instrument"), from Proto-Germanic *draumijanan, *draugmijanan (“to be festive, dream, hallucinate”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrAugʰ-, *dʰreugʰ- (“to deceive, injure, damage”). Cognate with Scots dreme ("to dream"), West Frisian dreame ("to dream"), Dutch dromen ("to dream"), German träumen ("to dream"), Swedish drömma ("to dream, muse"), Icelandic dreyma ("to dream"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yeah, now that his dream job is on the horizon…..dream on, Sam.

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: November 30, 2006

  • Anyway, so I got up the morning and crawled out of bed and the two feet it takes to get into my computer chair and decided that it would be a fun idea to go online and look up one of those dream dictionary sites and see what it says about my dream…

    goldylockz22 Diary Entry

  • She delights in this -- a sketch within a sketch -- a dream within _a dream_.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 6, August 5, 1850

  • But it was a dream -- a _dream_, only it was horrible!

    The Hunted Woman

  • On the repetition of this same experience we were forced to the supposition that there is an _intimate bond, with laws of its own, between the unintelligible and complicated nature of the dream and the difficulties attending communication of the thoughts connected with the dream_.

    Dream Psychology Psychoanalysis for Beginners

  • Moltke: "Eternal peace is only a dream, _and not even a beautiful dream_!"

    Gems (?) of German Thought

  • And I was not only given to dream by day -- I dreamed by night; my sleep was full of dreams -- terrible nightmares, exquisite visions, strange scenes full of inexplicable reminiscence; all vague and incoherent, like all men's dreams that have hitherto been; _for I had not yet learned how to dream_.

    Peter Ibbetson

  • But, in a long and demanding race in hot and humid conditions, Vettel knows his title dream will not be realised easily as he has to overcome not only the physical and technical challenges, but also the determination of his rivals.

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  • Cesc Fabregas says the Gunners are refusing to give up on the title dream

    Give Me Football Featured Content

  • STEPHEN HENDRY got a rude awakening from his title dream after missing a nap

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    December 19, 2007

  • A powerful word, often used, but rarely diluted. Where would we be without dreams?

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