Definitions for: Dream

[n] a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe); "I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe"
[n] a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality; "he went about his work as if in a dream"
[n] a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; "I had a dream about you last night"
[n] imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake; "he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality"
[n] a cherished desire; "his ambition is to own his own business"
[n] someone of something wonderful; "this dessert is a dream"
[v] have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
[v] experience while sleeping; "She claims to never dream"; "He dreamt a strange scene"

Webster (1913) Definition: Dream (dr[=e]m), n. [Akin to OS. dr[=o]m, D. droom, G.
traum, Icel. draumr, Dan. & Sw. dr["o]m; cf. G. tr["u]gen to
deceive, Skr. druh to harm, hurt, try to hurt. AS. dre['a]m
joy, gladness, and OS. dr[=o]m joy are, perh., different
words; cf. Gr. qry^los noise.]
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.

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.

Dream, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dreamedor Dreamt (?); p.
pr. & vb. n. Dreaming.] [Cf. AS. dr?man, dr?man, to
rejoice. See Dream, n.]
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.

They dream on in a constant course of reading, but
not digesting. --Locke.

Dream, 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.

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.

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?'' --Dryden.

Synonyms: ambition, aspiration, daydream, dreaming, pipe dream, stargaze, woolgather

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