Dreading
Dread Dread (dr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dreaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dreading}.] [AS. dr[=ae]dan, in comp.; akin to OS. dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension. [1913 Webster]

When at length the moment dreaded through so many years came close, the dark cloud passed away from Johnson's mind. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • dreading — un·dreading; …   English syllables

  • dreading — dred n. fear, terror, horror v. fear, be afraid; be anxious about; hold in awe, respect greatly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • dread — dread1 [dred] v [: Old English; Origin: drAdan] [T] to feel anxious or worried about something that is going to happen or may happen ▪ I ve got an interview tomorrow and I m dreading it. dread doing sth ▪ I m dreading going back to work. dread sb …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • dread — [[t]dre̱d[/t]] dreads, dreading, dreaded 1) VERB If you dread something which may happen, you feel very anxious and unhappy about it because you think it will be unpleasant or upsetting. [V n/ ing] I m dreading Christmas this year... [V n/ ing] I …   English dictionary

  • dread — 1 verb 1 (T) to feel anxious or worried about something that is going to happen or you think will happen in the future: I ve got an interview tomorrow and I m dreading it. | dread doing sth: I m dreading going back to work. | dread sb doing sth:… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • dread — 01. He always [dreaded] the end of the year when they had their final exams. 02. The old woman was filled with [dread] when she found the body of her husband lying on the kitchen floor. 03. She was [dreading] meeting her old boyfriend at the… …   Grammatical examples in English

  • anxious — [adj1] worried, tense afraid, aghast, antsy*, apprehensive, basket case*, bugged*, butterflies, careful, choked*, clutched*, concerned, disquieted, distressed, disturbed, dreading, fearful, fidgety, fretful, hacked*, hyper*, in a state*, in a… …   New thesaurus

  • undreading — “+ adjective Etymology: un (I) + dreading, present participle of dread : not dreading …   Useful english dictionary

  • Dread — (dr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dreaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dreading}.] [AS. dr[=ae]dan, in comp.; akin to OS. dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific apprehension.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dreaded — Dread Dread (dr[e^]d), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Dreaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dreading}.] [AS. dr[=ae]dan, in comp.; akin to OS. dr[=a]dan, OHG. tr[=a]tan, both only in comp.] To fear in a great degree; to regard, or look forward to, with terrific… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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