Dread definition

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Reluctance and uneasiness.
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Inspiring awe or reverence; awesome.
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Dreaded or dreadful.
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Inspiring awe.

The dread presence of the headmaster.

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The definition of dread is extreme fear, or a single dreadlock.

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.

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(archaic) To hold in awe or reverence.
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Profound fear; terror.
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A source of fear, awe, or reverence.

The author's greatest dread is that the book will go unnoticed.

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A dreadlock.

She wears her hair in dreads.

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A person who wears dreadlocks.
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Dread means to turn one's hair into dreadlocks.

An example of dread is not washing or brushing your hair until it is matted and shaped into locks.

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Dread is defined as being anxious or feeling extreme fear about doing something.

An example of dread is a parent being afraid to talk with their pre-teen child about puberty.

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(archaic) Awe; reverence.
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Fearful or anxious anticipation.

The dread of saying something foolish on stage.

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An instance of fear or fearful anticipation.

His dreads about school finally subsided.

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To fear greatly.
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To anticipate with fear.

I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.

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(intransitive) To be in dread, or great fear.
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Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
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Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
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Somebody or something dreaded.
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(chiefly in the plural) Dreadlock.
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Terrible; greatly feared.
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(archaic) Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.
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To anticipate with alarm, distaste, or reluctance.

We dreaded the long drive home.

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To be very afraid.
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Causing terror or fear.

A dread disease.

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To anticipate with anxiety, alarm, or apprehension; fear intensely.
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To face (something disagreeable) with reluctance.
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(archaic) To regard with awe.
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(archaic) To be very fearful.
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Intense fear, esp. of something which may happen.
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Fear mixed with awe or reverence.
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Something dreaded.
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To be in terror of; fear intensely.
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Other Word Forms

Adjective

Base Form:
dread
Superlative:
dreadest

Origin of dread

  • Middle English dreden short for adreden from Old English adrǣdan from ondrǣdan to advise against, fear ond-, and- against un–2 rǣdan to advise ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan (“to fear, caution against”), aphetic form of ādrǣdan, ondrǣdan (“to advise or counsel against”); compare with Dutch ontraden (“to advise or counsel against”), from and- (“against”) + rǣdan (“to counsel, advise”). Akin to Old High German intrātan (“to fear”). More at read.

    From Wiktionary