Dream

Definition of Dream

Pronunciation: drēmd
n.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 colored it and formed a dream.
- Pope.
It is not them a mere dream, but a very real aim which they propose.
- J. C. Shairp.
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Dreamed (drēmd) or Dreamt (drĕmt); p. pr. & vb. n. Dreaming.]
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.
v. t.1.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
to pass in revery or inaction; to spend in idle vagaries; as, to dream away an hour; to dream through life.
- Dryden.

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