from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To be in terror of; fear intensely.
  • intransitive verb To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance.
  • intransitive verb Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
  • intransitive verb To be very afraid.
  • noun Profound fear; terror.
  • noun Fearful or anxious anticipation: synonym: fear.
  • noun An instance of fear or fearful anticipation.
  • noun A source of fear, awe, or reverence.
  • noun A dreadlock.
  • noun A person who wears dreadlocks.
  • noun Archaic Awe; reverence.
  • adjective Causing terror or fear.
  • adjective Inspiring awe.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Awe; fear united with respect; terror.
  • noun A cause or object of apprehension; the person or the thing dreaded.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.
  • intransitive verb To be in dread, or great fear.
  • adjective Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
  • adjective Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable
  • noun Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  • noun Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  • noun An object of terrified apprehension.
  • noun obsolete A person highly revered.
  • noun obsolete Fury; dreadfulness.
  • noun obsolete Doubt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To fear greatly.
  • verb To anticipate with fear.
  • noun A great fear.
  • noun Somebody or something dreaded.
  • noun A Rastafarian.
  • noun dreadlock
  • adjective Terrible; greatly feared.
  • adjective archaic Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

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

  • adjective causing fear or dread or terror
  • verb be afraid or scared of; be frightened of
  • noun fearful expectation or anticipation


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

[Middle English dreden, short for adreden, from Old English adrǣdan, from ondrǣdan, to advise against, fear : ond-, and-, against; see un– + rǣdan, to advise; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


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  • dread to advise (put together words) against OR d read

    January 23, 2007