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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.]
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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.
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  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
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References in classic literature ?
Often, before I learned, did I wonder whence came the multitudes of pictures that thronged my dreams; for they were pictures the like of which I had never seen in real wake-a-day life.
Chaka the king is now a Doctor of Dreams, and to clear away such a dream as this he has a purging medicine."
THE adventure of the day mightily tor- mented Tom's dreams that night.
The staircase was as wooden and solid as need be, and Affery went straight down it without any of those deviations peculiar to dreams. She did not skim over it, but walked down it, and guided herself by the banisters on account of her candle having died out.
She could do good, if not noble, work as a teacher; and the success her little sketches were beginning to meet with in certain editorial sanctums augured well for her budding literary dreams. But -- but -- Anne picked up her green dress and sighed again.
"I can't dream now, Captain Jim--I'm done with dreams."
The soul of his love had gone from the room and from the picture and from his dreams. When he tried to think of the Alice he loved he saw, not the shadowy spirit occupant of the west gable, but the young girl who had stood under the pine, beautiful with the beauty of moonlight, of starshine on still water, of white, wind-swayed flowers growing in silent, shadowy places.
I now began to reason that my situation was in the last degree serious, dream or no dream; for I knew by past experience of the lifelike intensity of dreams, that to be burned to death, even in a dream, would be very far from being a jest, and was a thing to be avoided, by any means, fair or foul, that I could contrive.
such a nice dream! And you've been along with me, Kitty--all through the Looking-Glass world.
And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow -- You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone?
But now White Logic willy-nilly wakes them for me, for White Logic, most valiant, is unafraid of all the monsters of the earthly dream.
Hear, I pray you, the dream that I dreamed, my friends, and help me to divine its meaning!