dream up
transitive verb Date: 1941 to form in the mind ; devise, concoct

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • dream up — (something) to invent or imagine something. She s dreamed up a great new way to waste time. The Gerbils is an odd name for a baseball team who dreamed it up? Related vocabulary: think up something …   New idioms dictionary

  • dream up — [v] concoct plan contrive, cook up*, create, devise, frame, hatch*, imagine, invent, make up, spin*, think up; concepts 17,36 …   New thesaurus

  • dream up — index conceive (invent), conjure, invent (produce for the first time) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • dream up — verb devise or invent (Freq. 3) He thought up a plan to get rich quickly no one had ever thought of such a clever piece of software • Syn: ↑think up, ↑think of, ↑hatch, ↑concoct • De …   Useful english dictionary

  • dream up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms dream up : present tense I/you/we/they dream up he/she/it dreams up present participle dreaming up past tense dreamed up or dreamt up past participle dreamed up or dreamt up to think of a new idea or plan,… …   English dictionary

  • dream up — PHRASAL VERB If you dream up a plan or idea, you work it out or create it in your mind. [V P n (not pron)] I dreamed up a plan to solve both problems at once... [V P n (not pron)] The event was dreamed up by Mick Jagger... [V n P] His son hadn t… …   English dictionary

  • dream up — phr verb Dream up is used with these nouns as the object: ↑idea, ↑scheme …   Collocations dictionary

  • dream up — I (Roget s IV) v. Syn. devise, contrive, concoct; see imagine 1 , invent 1 . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) vt. think up, concoct, *cook up, devise, invent, hatch, imagine. III (Roget s Thesaurus II) I verb To use ingenuity in making, developing,… …   English dictionary for students

  • dream up — Synonyms and related words: beget, breed, bring forth, bring into being, call into being, coin, conceit, conceive, conceptualize, concoct, contrive, cook up, create, dense, design, develop, devise, discover, engender, evolve, experience… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • dream up — I dreamed up some new excuse Syn: think up, invent, concoct, devise, hatch, contrive, create, work out, come up with; informal cook up …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • dream up — verb To have an imaginative, unusual or foolish idea, to invent something unreal. Its as if he were giving a performance of some character hes dreamed up, and his pale eyes wander in search of effect even in his apparently wildest moments. Steven …   Wiktionary

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