I. noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: Middle English dreem, from Old English drēam noise, joy, and Old Norse draumr dream; akin to Old High German troum dream Date: 13th century 1. a series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep — compare REM sleep 2. an experience of waking life having the characteristics of a dream: as a. a visionary creation of the imagination ; daydream b. a state of mind marked by abstraction or release from reality ; reverie c. an object seen in a dreamlike state ; vision 3. something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality <
the new car is a dream to operate
4. a. a strongly desired goal or purpose <
a dream of becoming president
b. something that fully satisfies a wish ; ideal <
a meal that was a gourmet's dream
dreamful adjectivedreamfully adverbdreamfulness noundreamless adjectivedreamlessly adverbdreamlessness noundreamlike adjective II. verb (dreamed or dreamt; dreaming) Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to have a dream 2. to indulge in daydreams or fantasies <
dreaming of a better future
3. to appear tranquil or dreamy <
houses dream in leafy shadows — Gladys Taber
transitive verb 1. to have a dream of 2. to consider as a possibility ; imagine 3. to pass (time) in reverie or inaction <
dreaming the hours away

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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