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

n a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep

“I had a dream about you last night”
a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream
Type of:
imagery, imagination, imaging, mental imagery
the ability to form mental images of things or events

n imaginative thoughts indulged in while awake

“he lives in a dream that has nothing to do with reality”
air castle, castle in Spain, castle in the air, daydream, daydreaming, oneirism, reverie, revery
absentminded dreaming while awake
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

n a state of mind characterized by abstraction and release from reality

“he went about his work as if in a dream
Type of:
reverie, revery
an abstracted state of absorption

n a cherished desire

ambition, aspiration
American Dream
the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
ambition to equal or excel
the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
Type of:
the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

n a fantastic but vain hope (from fantasies induced by the opium pipe)

“I have this pipe dream about being emperor of the universe”
pipe dream
Type of:
fantasy, phantasy
imagination unrestricted by reality

n someone or something wonderful

“this dessert is a dream
Type of:
flawlessness, ne plus ultra, perfection
the state of being without a flaw or defect

v experience while sleeping

“She claims to never dream
“He dreamt a strange scene”
Type of:
comprehend, perceive
to become aware of through the senses

v have a daydream; indulge in a fantasy

daydream, stargaze, woolgather
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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