The definition of a dream is an image, thought or fantasy that happens in the mind while a person is sleeping or relaxing.
Facts About Dreams
- Sleep is divided into two main blocks: rapid eye movement sleep (known as REM), and non rapid eye movement sleep (Non-REM).
- REM sleep is only a small part of your sleep, usually taking up only about twenty percent of your overall sleep. Dreams almost always only occur during REM sleep.
- During REM dreaming, serotonin levels are very low and acetylcholine levels are extremely high. This chemically explains why you have trouble remembering your dreams when you wake up—they weren’t encoded in your short term memory.
- Sigmund Freud proposed that dreams were a combination of our daily activities, and suppressed wishes.
- Carl Jung proposed the dreams were a combination of personal experience.
- Alfred Adler, believed that dreams were a problem solving device.
An example of a dream is images of flying while asleep.
- Dream is defined as a vision of hope.
If you hope some day to become a doctor, this is an example of a dream.
Maybe the smile means this sleeping man is having a nice dream.
- a sequence of sensations, images, thoughts, etc. passing through a sleeping person's mind
- a fanciful vision of the conscious mind; daydream; fantasy; reverie
- the state, as of abstraction or reverie, in which such a daydream occurs
- a fond hope or aspiration
- anything so lovely, charming, transitory, etc. as to seem dreamlike
Origin of dreamMiddle English dream, dreme: form ; from Old English dream, joy, music ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dher-, to buzz, hum (from source dorbeetle); sense ; from Old Norse draumr, akin to German traum, Dutch droom ; from Indo-European base an unverified form dhreugh-, to deceive
intransitive verbdreamed or dreamt , dreaming
- to have a dream or dreams
- to have daydreams
- to think (of) as at all possible, desirable, etc.: I wouldn't dream of going
- to have (a dream or dreams)
- to have a dream of
- to spend in dreaming: with away or out
- to imagine as possible; fancy; suppose
- A series of images, ideas, emotions, and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep.
- A daydream; a reverie.
- A state of abstraction; a trance: wandering around in a dream.
- A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration: a dream of owning their own business.
- A wild fancy or unrealistic hope: He knew that playing for a professional team was only a dream.
- Informal One that is exceptionally gratifying, excellent, or beautiful: Her boyfriend is a dream.
verbdreamed dreamed or dreamt , dream·ing, dreams
- To experience a dream in sleep: dreamed of meeting an old friend.
- To daydream: sat there dreaming during class.
- To have a deep aspiration or hope: dreaming of a world at peace.
- To regard something as feasible or practical: I wouldn't dream of skiing on icy slopes.
- To experience a dream of while asleep: Did it storm last night, or did I dream it?
- To conceive as possible; imagine: We never dreamed it would snow so much.
- To have as an aspiration or hope: She dreams that she will become a pilot.
- To pass (time) idly or in reverie.
Origin of dreamMiddle English drem, from Old English drēam, joy, music; akin to Old Saxon drōm, mirth, dream.
From Middle English dreem, possibly from Old English drēam (“joy, pleasure, gladness, delight, mirth, rejoicing, rapture, ecstasy, frenzy, music, musical instrument, harmony, melody, song, singing, jubilation, sound of music”), from Proto-Germanic *draumaz, *draugmaz (“festivity, dream, ghost, hallucination, delusion, deception”), from Proto-Germanic *draugaz (“delusion, mirage, illusion”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrAugʰ-, *dʰreugʰ- (“to deceive, injure, damage”); meaning influenced in Middle English by Old Norse draumr (“dream”), from same Proto-Germanic root. Cognate with Scots dreme (“dream”), North Frisian drom (“dream”), West Frisian dream (“dream”), Low German Droom, Dutch droom (“dream”), German Traum (“dream”), Danish drøm, Swedish dröm (“dream”), Icelandic draumur (“dream”). Related also to Old English drēag (“spectre, apparition”), Dutch bedrog (“deception, deceit”), German Trug (“deception, illusion”).
The derivation from Old English drēam is controversial, since the word itself is only attested in writing in its meaning of “joy, mirth, musical sound”. Possibly there was a separate word drēam meaning “images seen while sleeping”, which was avoided in literature due to potential confusion with “joy” sense, which would account for the common definition in the other Germanic languages, or the derivation may indeed simply be a strange progression from “mirth, joy, musical sound”.
Attested words for “sleeping vision” in Old English were mǣting (Middle English mæte, mēte), from unclear source, and swefn (Modern English sweven), from Proto-Germanic *swefną, from Proto-Indo-European *swepno-, *swep-; compare Ancient Greek ὕπνος (hypnos, “sleep”).
(third-person singular simple present dreams, present participle dreaming, simple past and past participle dreamed or dreamt or drempt (dated))
- (intransitive) To see imaginary events in one's mind while sleeping.
- (intransitive) To hope, to wish.
- (intransitive) To daydream.
- Stop dreaming and get back to work.
- To envision as an imaginary experience (usually when asleep).
- I dreamed a vivid dream last night.
- (intransitive) To consider the possibility (of).
- I wouldn't dream of snubbing you in public.
- "Dreamt" is less common in both US and UK English in current usage, though somewhat more prevalent in the UK than in the US. "Drempt" is quite rare, possibly just eye-dialect.
From Middle English dremen, possibly (see above) from Old English drīeman (“to make a joyous sound with voice or with instrument; rejoice; sing a song; play on an instrument”), from Proto-Germanic *draumijaną, *draugmijaną (“to be festive, dream, hallucinate”), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrAugʰ-, *dʰreugʰ- (“to deceive, injure, damage”). Cognate with Scots dreme (“to dream”), West Frisian dreame (“to dream”), Dutch dromen (“to dream”), German träumen (“to dream”), Swedish drömma (“to dream, muse”), Icelandic dreyma (“to dream”).