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n., v. dreamed dreamt, dream•ing, n.
Dream can be a noun or a verb. The past tense and -ed participle of the verb is either dreamed /driːmd/ or dreamt /dremt/.
Dreamed is more common in American English.
A dream is an imaginary series of events that you experience in your mind while you are asleep.
You say that someone has a dream.
You don't usually say that someone 'dreams a dream'.
A dream is also a situation or event that you often think about because you would like it to happen.
When someone experiences imaginary events while they are asleep, you can say that they dream something happens or dream that something happens.
You can also say that someone dreams about someone or something or dreams of them.
When someone thinks about a situation that they would like to happen, you can say that they dream of having something or dream of doing something.
Don't say that someone 'dreams to have' something or 'dreams to do' something.
Past participle: dreamed/dreamt
|Noun||1.||dream - a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; "I had a dream about you last night"|
sleeping - the state of being asleep
imagery, imaging, mental imagery, imagination - the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination"
nightmare - a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream
wet dream - an erotic dream (usually at night) accompanied by the (nocturnal) emission of semen
|2.||dream - imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; "he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality"|
imagination, imaginativeness, vision - the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses; "popular imagination created a world of demons"; "imagination reveals what the world could be"
air castle, castle in Spain, castle in the air, daydream, daydreaming, oneirism, reverie, revery - absentminded dreaming while awake
woolgathering - an idle indulgence in fantasy
|3.||dream - a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"|
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
American Dream - the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
emulation - ambition to equal or excel
nationalism - the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
|4.||dream - a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe); "I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe"|
|5.||dream - a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality; "he went about his work as if in a dream"|
|6.||dream - someone or something wonderful; "this dessert is a dream"|
|Verb||1.||dream - have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy|
conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine - form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case; "Can you conceive of him as the president?"
|2.||dream - experience while sleeping; "She claims to never dream"; "He dreamt a strange scene"|
"We are such stuff"
"As dreams are made on, and our little life"
"Is rounded with a sleep" [William Shakespeare The Tempest]
"I talk of dreams;"
"Which are the children of an idle brain,"
"Begot of nothing but vain fantasy" [William Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet]
"Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams" [Ralph Waldo Emerson Journals]
"I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood" [Martin Luther King speech at 1963 Civil Rights March]
dream[driːm] (dreamed (dreamt (vb: pt, pp)))
a bad dream → una pesadilla
I had a dream that my father had died → soñé que mi padre se había muerto
to have a dream about sth/sb → soñar con algo/algn
to see sth in a dream → ver algo en sueños
sweet dreams! → ¡que sueñes con los angelitos!
see also wet D
my (fondest) dream is to → el sueño de mi vida es ..., mi mayor ilusión es ...
the house/man/woman of my dreams → mi casa/hombre/mujer ideal, la casa/el hombre/la mujer de mis sueños
the museum was an archaeologist's dream → para un arqueólogo, el museo era un sueño
he thinks he's every girl's dream → se cree que es el tipo ideal para cualquier chica
the American Dream → el sueño americano
it was like a dream come true → fue como un sueño hecho realidad
a dream holiday in Jamaica → unas vacaciones de ensueño en Jamaica
in your dreams! → ¡ni en sueños!
she succeeded beyond her wildest dreams → consiguió más éxito del que jamás había soñado
never in my wildest dreams did I expect to win → ni en mis sueños más dorados hubiera podido imaginar que ganaría
he lives in a dream world → vive en un mundo de fantasía or de ensueño
in a dream world no one would be poor → en un mundo ideal, nadie sería pobre
see also pipe D
I dreamed that I was being chased → soñé que me perseguían
I dreamed a strange dream → tuve un sueño extraño
you must have dreamed it → lo habrás soñado, te lo habrás imaginado
I never dreamed that she would accept → jamás soñé con que aceptaría, jamás me imaginé que aceptaría
I'm sorry, I was dreaming → disculpa, estaba en las nubes or pensando en las musarañas
she dreamed of having her own business → soñaba con llegar a tener su propio negocio
they have a lifestyle most of us only dream of or about → llevan un tren de vida que para la mayoría de nosotros no pasa de ser un sueño
dream on! → ¡ni en sueños!
there were more than I'd ever dreamed of → había más de lo que jamás hubiera podido soñar or imaginar
who would ever dream of a disaster like this? → ¿quién hubiera podido imaginarse una catástrofe así?
my dream house → la casa de mis sueños
dream ticket N (Pol) → candidatos mpl ideales
dream[ˈdriːm] [dreamed or dreamt] (pt, pp)
It was just a dream → Ce n'était qu'un rêve.
to have a dream about sb/sth → rêver à qn/qch
sweet dreams! → faites de beaux rêves!
to be in a dream (= not concentrating) → être dans les nuages
it worked like a dream (= perfectly) [plan] → ça a marché comme sur des roulettes
not in my wildest dreams → même dans mes rêves les plus fous bad dream
a dream of doing sth → le rêve de faire qch
of one's dreams (= ideal) → de ses rêves
beyond one's wildest dreams (= better than one could have imagined) → au-delà de toutes ses espérances
success beyond our wildest dreams → un succès au-delà de toutes nos espérances
to be beyond sb's wildest dreams → être au-delà de toutes les espérances de qn, dépasser toutes les espérances de qn
to dream that ... → rêver que ...
I dreamed I was in Belgium → J'ai rêvé que j'étais en Belgique.
dreamvb: pret, ptp <dreamt (Brit) or dreamed>
dream[driːm] (dreamed or dreamt (vb: pt, pp))
to have a dream about sb/sth → sognare di qn/qc
I had a bad dream → ho fatto un brutto sogno
sweet dreams! → sogni d'oro!
that museum is an archaeologist's dream → quel museo è un paradiso per gli archeologi
it worked like a dream → ha funzionato a meraviglia
she goes about in a dream → ha sempre la testa tra le nuvole
rich beyond his wildest dreams → ricco come non si era mai sognato in vita sua
isn't he a dream? → non è un sogno or un amore?
it's my dream house → è la casa dei miei sogni
dream world → mondo immaginario
I didn't dream that ... → non mi sarei mai sognato che... + sub
to dream (of or about sb/sth) → sognare ((di) qn/qc)
I wouldn't dream of it! → non me lo sognerei neanche!
I'm sorry, I was dreaming → mi scusi, stavo fantasticando
there were more than I'd ever dreamed of → ce n'erano di più di quanto avessi mai immaginato