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1. A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
2. A daydream; a reverie.
3. A state of abstraction; a trance: wandering around in a dream.
4. A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration: a dream of owning their own business.
5. A wild fancy or unrealistic hope: He knew that playing for a professional team was only a dream.
6. Informal One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful: Her boyfriend is a dream.
v. dreamed or dreamt (drĕmt), dream·ing, dreams
1. To experience a dream in sleep: dreamed of meeting an old friend.
2. To daydream: sat there dreaming during class.
3. To have a deep aspiration or hope: dreaming of a world at peace.
4. To regard something as feasible or practical: I wouldn't dream of skiing on icy slopes.
1. To experience a dream of while asleep: Did it storm last night, or did I dream it?
2. To conceive as possible; imagine: We never dreamed it would snow so much.
3. To have as an aspiration or hope: She dreams that she will become a pilot.
4. To pass (time) idly or in reverie.
Phrasal Verbs:
dream on Informal
Used in the imperative to indicate that a statement or suggestion is improbable or unrealistic.
dream up
To invent; concoct: dreamed up a plan to corner the market.

[Middle English drem, from Old English drēam, joy, music; akin to Old Saxon drōm, mirth, dream.]


See also sleep.

1. a tendency to daydream.
2. Psychiatry. an extreme withdrawal into fantasy in thought or behavior, not correctible by external information. — autistic, adj.
the interpretation of dreams. — oneirocritic, n. — oneirocritical, adj.
Medicine. a disturbed sleep, involving nightmare and sometimes sleepwalking.
the science and interpretation of dreams. Also oneiroscopy.
a form of divination involving dreams. — oneiromancer, n.
a type of magic-lantern show in which rapidly moving images blend, change size, etc.; hence, any series of images that move and change rapidly, as a dream. — phantasmagorial, phantasmagoric, adj.
a nightmare.
a person much inclined to dream, especially to day-dream; a dreamy person.




  1. The arc of dreams is black and streaked with gray as dead hair is —John Logan
  2. Dreamed of unearned riches, like Aladdin —Phyllis McGinley
  3. The dream … hovered about her still like a pleasant, warm fog —Lynne Sharon Schwartz
  4. A dream not interpreted is like a letter not read —Babylonian Talmud
  5. Dream safely like any child who has said prayers and to whom a lullaby has been sung —George Garrett
  6. Dreams are like a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurences in our soul —Erich Fromm
  7. Dreams are thoughts waiting to be thought —Jan de Hartog
  8. Dreams descend like cranes on gilded, forgetful wings —John Ashbery
  9. Dreams move my countenance as if it were earth being pelted by rain —Diane Wakoski
  10. The dreams of idealists are like the sound of footsteps in a tornado —Melvin I. Cooperman, June 8, 1987
  11. Dreams pop out like old fillings in the teeth —Diane Wakoski
  12. Dreams rising from your eyes like steam —George Bradley
  13. Dreams withered like flowers that are blighted by frost —Ellen Glasgow


  14. Dreamy as puberty —Karl Shapiro
  15. Fantasy is like jam; you have to spread it on a solid slice of bread. If not, it remains a shapeless thing, like jam, out of which you can’t make anything —Italo Calvino, television interview aired after his death in 1985
  16. Kept it [private dream] locked in his heart and took it out only when he was alone, like a miser counting his gold —Margaret Millar
  17. Like a dog, he hunts in dreams —Alfred, Lord Tennyson
  18. Nightmares have seasons like hurricanes —Lorrie Moore
  19. Old dreams still floated … like puddles of oil on the surface of a pail of water —Paige Mitchell
  20. Our dreams like clouds disperse —Alfred Noyes
  21. Toss wishes like a coin —George Garrett
References in classic literature ?
Every day, when he gave his lessons to this pet of the king's, the knight rode him through the city, and as he rode, he looked everywhere for a certain beautiful face, which he had seen many times in his dreams, but never found.
Had you come into the room you might have supposed the old man had unpleasant dreams or perhaps indigestion.
Once more Ned composed himself to sleep, and this time successfully, for he did not have any more unpleasant dreams.
Jim is still able to lose himself in those big Western dreams.
There are no words to describe her save the old ones that have served so often to picture the bygone heroine of romance and the fair lady of our dreams.
It is true, my young men did not go out on the war-path; they had dreams for not doing so.
Their sites had been anticipated by more urgent buildings and mining works, unfortunately not considered in the sanguine dreams of the enthusiasts, and, more significant still, their cost and expense had been also anticipated by the enormous outlay of their earnings in the work upon Devil's Ditch.
In the baser sort, its effect was to increase the liability to sluggishness and dependence, and induce the victim of a shadowy hope to remit all self-effort, while awaiting the realization of his dreams.
A pleasing land of drowsy head it was, Of dreams that wave before the half-shut eye; And of gay castles in the clouds that pass, Forever flushing round a summer sky.
At last I must have fallen into a troubled nightmare of a doze; and slowly waking from it --half steeped in dreams --I opened my eyes, and the before sun-lit room was now wrapped in outer darkness.
So in dreams, have I seen majestic Satan thrusting forth his tormented colossal claw from the flame Baltic of Hell.
A very few days of practical experience in this land of high wages had been sufficient to make clear to them the cruel fact that it was also a land of high prices, and that in it the poor man was almost as poor as in any other corner of the earth; and so there vanished in a night all the wonderful dreams of wealth that had been haunting Jurgis.