dream

A dream is one of the little movies in your mind that play at night, or a type of hope: you might dream of being a doctor.

Everyone dreams, and dreams tend to be weird, but the images and sounds that fill your head as you sleep are just part of the meaning of this word. People also have dreams that are kind of like plans and goals: many people dream of being movie stars. A good car runs like a dream. Something too good to be true feels like a dream. If you're acting confused, someone might say, "Stop dreaming!"

Definitions of dream
  1. noun
    a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep
    “I had a dream about you last night”
    synonyms: dreaming
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    types:
    nightmare
    a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream
    type of:
    imagery, imagination, imaging, mental imagery
    the ability to form mental images of things or events
  2. noun
    imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake
    “he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality”
    synonyms: dreaming
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    types:
    air castle, castle in Spain, castle in the air, daydream, daydreaming, oneirism, reverie, revery
    absentminded dreaming while awake
    woolgathering
    an idle indulgence in fantasy
    type of:
    imagination, imaginativeness, vision
    the formation of a mental image of something that is not perceived as real and is not present to the senses
  3. noun
    a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality
    “he went about his work as if in a dream
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    type of:
    reverie, revery
    an abstracted state of absorption
  4. noun
    a cherished desire
    synonyms: ambition, aspiration
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    types:
    American Dream
    the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
    emulation
    ambition to equal or excel
    nationalism
    the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
    type of:
    desire
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  5. noun
    a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)
    “I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe”
    synonyms: pipe dream
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    type of:
    fantasy, phantasy
    imagination unrestricted by reality
  6. noun
    someone or something wonderful
    “this dessert is a dream
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    type of:
    flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection
    the state of being without a flaw or defect
  7. verb
    experience while sleeping
    “She claims to never dream
    “He dreamt a strange scene”
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    type of:
    comprehend, perceive
    to become aware of through the senses
  8. verb
    have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy
    synonyms: daydream, stargaze, woolgather
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    type of:
    conceive of, envisage, ideate, imagine
    form a mental image of something that is not present or that is not the case
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