Definition of Dream

1. Noun. A series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep. "I had a dream about you last night"

Exact synonyms: Dreaming
Group relationships: Sleeping
Generic synonyms: Imagery, Imagination, Imaging, Mental Imagery
Specialized synonyms: Nightmare, Wet Dream



2. Verb. Have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy.

3. Noun. Imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake. "He lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality"
Exact synonyms: Dreaming
Generic synonyms: Imagination, Imaginativeness, Vision
Specialized synonyms: Air Castle, Castle In Spain, Castle In The Air, Daydream, Daydreaming, Oneirism, Reverie, Revery, Woolgathering
Derivative terms: Dreamy

4. Verb. Experience while sleeping. "He dreamt a strange scene"
Entails: Catch Some Z's, Kip, Log Z's, Sleep, Slumber
Generic synonyms: Comprehend, Perceive
Derivative terms: Dreamer, Dreaming

5. Noun. A cherished desire. "His ambition is to own his own business"
Exact synonyms: Ambition, Aspiration
Generic synonyms: Desire
Specialized synonyms: American Dream, Emulation, Nationalism
Derivative terms: Ambition, Ambitious, Aspire

6. Noun. A fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe). "I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe"
Exact synonyms: Pipe Dream
Generic synonyms: Fantasy, Phantasy

7. Noun. A state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality. "He went about his work as if in a dream"
Generic synonyms: Reverie, Revery
Derivative terms: Dreamy

8. Noun. Someone or something wonderful. "This dessert is a dream"

Definition of Dream

1. n. The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision.

2. v. i. To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep; to experience sleeping visions; -- often with of; as, to dream of a battle, or of an absent friend.

3. v. t. To have a dream of; to see, or have a vision of, in sleep, or in idle fancy; -- often followed by an objective clause.

Definition of Dream

1. Noun. Imaginary events seen in the mind while sleeping. ¹

2. Noun. A hope or wish. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To see imaginary events in one's mind while sleeping ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To hope, to wish ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To daydream ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) to create an imaginary experience (usually when asleep) ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Dream

1. to have a dream (a series of images occurring during sleep) [v DREAMED or DREAMT, DREAMING, DREAMS]

Medical Definition of Dream

1. 1. The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a sleeping vision. "Dreams are but interludes which fancy makes." (Dryden) "I had a dream which was not all a dream." (Byron) 2. A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an idle fancy; a vagary; a revery; in this sense, applied to an imaginary or anticipated state of happiness; as, a dream of bliss; the dream of his youth. "There sober thought pursued the amusing theme, Till Fancy coloured it and formed a dream." (Pope) "It is not them a mere dream, but a very real aim which they propose." (J. C. Shairp) Origin: Akin to OS. Drm, D. Droom, G. Traum, Icel. Draumr, Dan. & Sw. Drom; cf. G. Trugen to deceive, Skr. Druh to harm, hurt, try to hurt. AS. Dream joy, gladness, and OS. Drm joy are, perh, different words; cf. Gr. Noise. 1. To have ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep; to experience sleeping visions; often with of; as, to dream of a battle, or of an absent friend. 2. To let the mind run on in idle revery or vagary; to anticipate vaguely as a coming and happy reality; to have a visionary notion or idea; to imagine. "Here may we sit and dream Over the heavenly theme". (Keble) "They dream on in a constant course of reading, but not digesting". (Locke) Origin: Cf. AS. Drman, drman, to rejoice. See Dream. To have a dream of; to see, or have a vision of, in sleep, or in idle fancy; often followed by an objective clause. "Your old men shall dream dreams". (Acts II. 17) "At length in sleep their bodies they compose, And dreamt the future fight". (Dryden) "And still they dream that they shall still succeed". (Cowper) To dream away, out, through, etc, to pass in revery or inaction; to spend in idle vagaries; as, to dream away an hour; to dream through life. " Why does Antony dream out his hours?" Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Dream

dreadfuls
dreading
dreadingly
dreadless
dreadlessness
dreadlock
dreadlocked
dreadlocking
dreadlocks
dreadly
dreadnaught
dreadnaughts
dreadnought
dreadnoughts
dreads
dream (current term)
dream-work
dream catcher
dream catchers
dream come true
dream factory
dream on
dream pain
dream pop
dream team
dream up
dreamable
dreamboats

Literary usage of Dream

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by H.W. Wilson Company (1915)
"New Repub 2: 78 F 20 '15 Midsummer night's dream at Wallack's theatre. ... Cath World 140:754-66 Mr '10 Midsummer night's dream Barker's Shakespeare praised ..."

2. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1911)
"Is the mechanism of the dream consciousness, in its regard, to be considered as normal? Or we may mean: Do we ever dream of it as operating or appearing? ..."

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