- 1Anticipate with great apprehension or fear: Jane was dreading the party [with infinitive]: I dread to think what Russell will sayMore example sentences
- If £7 represents ‘good value’ in the gloom of winter, I'd dread to think how they will value summer fare.
- I would dread to think that a scene such as the one I witnessed at the age of twelve could happen in a playground now.
- If this were a regular occurrence I would dread to think of what effect it would have on me.
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- 1 [mass noun] Great fear or apprehension: the thought of returning to London filled her with dread [in singular]: I used to have a dread of Friday afternoonsMore example sentences
- Terror is an aggravated form of fear: intense fear, fright or dread.
- Panic, fear and dread take turns punching you in the solar plexus.
- He just wants to paralyze a nation, cause fear and panic and dread to become part of our everyday lives.
- 3 • informal A person with dreadlocks: the band appeals to dreads and baldheads alikeMore example sentences
- Black, white, gay, straight, punks, dreads, skinheads, boys and girls, we had totally connected with militant anti-racist youth.
- Don't even think for a minute that the Rastafarians are only in the business of making mats and brooms… you ever see a fat dread yet?
- 3.1 (dreads) Dreadlocks: Lyon combed his fingers through Curtis' dreadsMore example sentences
- He re-tied his dreads in a loose ponytail, which flopped over his left shoulder.
- When I put mine in dreads, it was long and wavy and a little frizzy.
- Part of the style in the photo seems to be using an oversize cap, but that may just be necessary because of the dreads.
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- 1Greatly feared; dreadful: he was stricken with the dread disease and diedMore example sentences
- While he may have settled into what we may define a ‘normal’ life, he forever lives in the dread fear that one day, he may wake up to find the fruit bandit has struck again.
- We still suggest woolen hoods for the Fourth of July picnics, but you can open a window now without fear of dread contagion.
- With the air-conditioning switched off, it was becoming hot and stuffy in the confined cabin space, and only there did I really begin to feel the dread hand of fear.
Old English ādrǣdan, ondrǣdan, of West Germanic origin; related to Old High German intrātan.