Dread is defined as being anxious or feeling extreme fear about doing something.verb
An example of dread is a parent being afraid to talk with their pre-teen child about puberty.
The definition of dread is extreme fear, or a single dreadlock.noun
- An example of dread is someone being panicked with worry about the well-being of a loved one.
- An example of a dread is one of Bob Marley's dreadlocks.
Dread means to turn one's hair into dreadlocks.verb
An example of dread is not washing or brushing your hair until it is matted and shaped into locks.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- to anticipate with anxiety, alarm, or apprehension; fear intensely
- to face (something disagreeable) with reluctance
- Archaic to regard with awe
Origin: ME dreden < Late OE (WS) drædan, aphetic for ondrædan (akin to OS andradan, OHG intraten) < ond-, in, on, against + base < ?
- intense fear, esp. of something which may happen
- fear mixed with awe or reverence
- reluctance and uneasiness
- something dreaded
- Informal dreadlocks
- dreaded or dreadful
- inspiring awe or reverence; awesome
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verb dread·ed, dread·ing, dreads verb, transitive
- To be in terror of.
- To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance: dreaded the long drive home.
- Archaic To hold in awe or reverence.
- Profound fear; terror.
- Fearful or distasteful anticipation. See Synonyms at fear.
- An object of fear, awe, or reverence.
- Archaic Awe; reverence.
- Causing terror or fear: a dread disease.
- Inspiring awe: the dread presence of the headmaster.
Origin: Middle English dreden, short for adreden, from Old English adrǣdan, from ondrǣdan, to advise against, fear : ond-, and-, against; see un-2 + rǣdan, to advise; see ar- in Indo-European roots.