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American English: /drɛd/
British English: /drɛd/

Translation of dread in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • tenerle terror a
    tenerle pavor a
    I dread going to the dentist
    le tengo terror or pavor al dentista
    I dread to think what might have happened
    no quiero ni pensar en lo que podría haber pasado
    me horroriza pensar en lo que podría haber pasado
    the dreaded moment finally came
    finalmente llegó el tan temido momento
    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.


  • dread of somethingI have a dread of spiders
    les tengo terror or horror a las arañas
    he was or stood in dread of his father
    su padre lo atemorizaba or aterraba
    le tenía terror a su padre
    we lived in constant dread of discovery/being deported
    vivíamos temiendo constantemente que nos descubrieran/deportaran
    to be filled with dread
    estar aterrorizado
    my greatest dread is dying of cancer
    lo que más me aterra es morir de cáncer
    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.


  • [literary] (before noun)
    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.
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