dream1 W2S2 [dri:m] n
1¦(while sleeping)¦
3 dream house/home/job etc
4 in a dream
5 be a dream come true
6 like a dream
7 be/live in a dream world
8 be a dream
9 in your dreams
[: Old English; Origin: dream 'noise, great happiness']
a series of thoughts, images, and feelings that you experience when you are asleep
→↑daydream in a dream
In my dream I flew to a forest of enormous trees.
I had a really weird dream last night.
Nick sleeps in my room because he has bad dreams (=frightening dreams) sometimes.
dream about
dreams about drowning
recurring dream
(=a dream you have again and again)
be/seem like a dream
(=seem unreal)
Those few short months with Tony seemed like a dream to her.
Seeing him again was like a bad dream (=so unpleasant that it seemed unreal) .
2.) ¦(WISH)¦
a wish to do, be, or have something - used especially when this seems unlikely
Her dream is to make a movie.
dream of (doing) sth
Sheila had dreams of university.
fulfil/realize a dream
I fulfilled a childhood dream when I became champion in June.
the man/woman/dress/place etc of your dreams
(=the perfect man, woman etc)
I have just met the man of my dreams!
beyond your wildest dreams
(=better than anything you ever imagined or hoped for)
not/never in your wildest dreams
(=used to emphasize that you think something is very strange or unlikely)
Never in my wildest dreams had I thought I would go to Hollywood.
3.) dream house/home/job etc
something that seems perfect to someone
I've finally found my dream house.
Win a dream holiday for two in San Francisco!
4.) in a dream
having a state of mind in which you do not notice or pay attention to things around you
Ruth went about her tasks in a dream.
5.) be a dream come true
if something is a dream come true, it happens after you have wanted it to happen for a long time
Marriage to her is a dream come true.
6.) like a dream
extremely well or effectively
The plan worked like a dream .
7.) be/live in a dream world
to have ideas or hopes that are not correct or likely to happen
If you think that all homeless people have it as easy as me, then you are living in dream world.
8.) be a dream
be perfect or very desirable
Her latest boyfriend is an absolute dream.
Some performers are a dream to work with; others are not.
sb's dream
(=something someone would really like)
She's every adolescent schoolboy's dream.
9.) in your dreams
spoken used to say in a rude way that something is not likely to happen
'I'm going to ask her to go out with me.' 'In your dreams!'
dream 2
dream2 S3 v past tense and past participle dreamed or dreamt [dremt]
2¦(while sleeping)¦
3¦(not pay attention)¦
5 never dreamed (that)
6 wouldn't dream of (doing) something
7 who would have dreamt that ...?
Phrasal verbs
 dream something<=>away
 dream on
 dream something<=>up
1.) ¦(WISH)¦ [I and T]
to think about something that you would like to happen or have
dream of/about (doing) sth
She dreamed of becoming a chef.
He's got the sort of money that you and I can only dream about .
dream (that)
She dreamed that one day she would be famous.
2.) ¦(WHILE SLEEPING)¦ [I and T]
to have a dream while you are asleep
dream about
I dreamt about you last night.
dream (that)
It's quite common to dream that you're falling.
to think about something else and not give your attention to what is happening around you
She had been dreaming and had not followed the conversation.
4.) ¦(IMAGINE)¦ [I and T]
to imagine that you have done, seen, or heard something that you have not
I was sure I posted the letter but I must have dreamt it .
5.) never dreamed (that)
used to say that you did not think that something would happen
We never dreamed that we would get through to the next round.
6.) wouldn't dream of (doing) sth
[i]spoken used to say that you would never do something because you think it is bad or wrong
I wouldn't dream of letting strangers look after my own grandmother!
7.) who would have dreamt that ...?
spoken used to express surprise about something that has happened
Who would have dreamed that this would happen?
dream away [dream sth<=>away] phr v
to waste time by thinking about what may happen
She would just sit in her room dreaming away the hours.
dream on phr v
used to tell someone that they are hoping for something that will not happen
You think I'm going to help you move house? Dream on!
dream up [dream sth<=>up] phr v
to think of a plan or idea, especially an unusual one
He was continually dreaming up new schemes to promote and enlarge the business.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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