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

  • adj. Exciting great fear or apprehension; causing terror; frightful; dreadful.
  • adj. Inspiring with reverential fear; awful' venerable
  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To be in dread, or great fear.
  • transitive v. To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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)



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

    January 23, 2007