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TOEFL IELTS BNC: 8728 COCA: 9181

dread

1 dread /ˈdrɛd/ verb
dreads; dreaded; dreading
1 dread
/ˈdrɛd/
verb
dreads; dreaded; dreading
Learner's definition of DREAD
[+ object]
: to fear something that will or might happen惧怕;害怕;担心

— dreaded

adjective [more dreaded; most dreaded]
2 dread /ˈdrɛd/ noun
plural dreads
2 dread
/ˈdrɛd/
noun
plural dreads
Learner's definition of DREAD
: a strong feeling of fear about something that will or might happen恐惧;畏惧
[singular]
[noncount]
Synonyms see: fear
[count] : a person or thing that causes fear令人生畏的人;可怕的事物usually singular通常用单数
dreads [plural] informal : dreadlocks
3 dread /ˈdrɛd/ adjective
3 dread
/ˈdrɛd/
adjective
Learner's definition of DREAD
always used before a noun formal
: causing great fear令人生畏的;可怕的
TOEFL IELTS BNC: 8728 COCA: 9181

dread

1 of 3

verb

dreaded; dreading; dreads

transitive verb

1
a
: to fear greatly
can't swim and dreads the water
a dreaded disease
b
archaic : to regard with awe
2
: to feel extreme reluctance to meet or face
dread the future
dreaded telling him the truth
dread the thought of speaking in public

intransitive verb

: to be apprehensive or fearful
dread not

dread

2 of 3

noun

1
a
: great fear especially in the face of impending evil
were filled with dread by reports of another terrorist attack
b
: extreme uneasiness in the face of a disagreeable prospect (see prospect entry 1 sense 4c)
dread of a social blunder
c
archaic : awe
2
: one causing fear or awe
the days of wooden ships and wooden homes, when fire was an omnipresent dread F. W. Saunders
3
a
: dreadlock sense 1
trimming each dread
b
dreads plural : dreadlock sense 2
looked great in dreads

dread

3 of 3

adjective

1
: causing great fear or anxiety
dread diseases
2
: inspiring awe
our dread king
Choose the Right Synonym for dread

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger.

fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage.

fear of the unknown

dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety.

faced the meeting with dread

fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear.

fright at being awakened suddenly

alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger.

view the situation with alarm

panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity.

the news caused widespread panic

terror implies the most extreme degree of fear.

immobilized with terror

trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation.

raised the subject with trepidation

Example Sentences

Verb He can't swim and dreads going in the water. She dreaded making speeches in front of large audiences. I dread the day I will have to leave my friends. I dread the thought of moving next week. I dread to think about what they might do next. Noun She has a dread of failure. He lives with the constant dread of rejection. She awaited her punishment with dread. The news about the war fills me with dread. They live in constant dread of another attack. Adjective every ship on the Spanish Main was terrified of running into the dread pirate See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
In the wake of January 6th, dread about Trump has understandably intensified. David Rohde, The New Yorker, 26 Aug. 2022 Though most kids might dread having a teacher for a neighbor, Mr. Feeny, played by William Daniels, was the exception to the rule. Andrea Wurzburger, Peoplemag, 10 Aug. 2022 While many books on the subject look at menopause through a medical lens, The Slow Moon Climbs takes a historical — and wholly positive — approach, positioning it not as a period to fear or dread but as an essential rite of passage to embrace. Stephanie Witmer, Good Housekeeping, 30 Apr. 2022 However, many travelers dread the idea of hours behind the wheel all by themselves. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, 25 Aug. 2022 Earlier in the program, a video about that bell, which signals a misspelling, showed just how much the spellers dread that ding, and viewers who hung in until the very end probably feel the same way. Dawn Ennis, Forbes, 3 June 2022 The careful negotiations of Henry and Celia — shot by Christensen in searching closeups with shifting light as the evening draws on — are a kind of cat-and-mouse game, but one in which both of them dread getting the upper hand. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 His final years, in a cottage near the sea, were spent vacillating between optimism about mankind’s resilience and dread about its refusal to deal with the perils at hand. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 28 July 2022 Companies must walk a delicate line between protecting their inventory and creating stores that customers don’t dread visiting. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, 30 July 2022
Noun
Expect razor-sharp dialogue and lashings of existential dread. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 10 Aug. 2022 Later, the Zurks provide some moments of existential dread on par with horror games, at one point channeling the abstract gore of Silent Hill. Matt Gardner, Forbes, 18 July 2022 The hours that followed were a whirlwind of panic and dread and resignation: Ms. Hoyer furiously texted Luke. New York Times, 23 July 2022 Still, the future for her family is fraught with dread and uncertainty. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 12 July 2022 This enveloped some advisors in a feeling of dread and uncertainty that was incredibly difficult to overcome. Todd Sixt, Forbes, 3 June 2022 Nobody in Lapvona had gone mad in a century, but the room still held the charge of dread and insanity. Ottessa Moshfegh, Harper’s Magazine , 25 May 2022 This prospect has been received with dread and optimism. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 18 May 2022 Her growing family has brought more dread than joy. David Pierson, Los Angeles Times, 6 Jan. 2021 See More

Word History

Etymology

Verb, Noun, and Adjective

Middle English dreden, from Old English drǣdan

First Known Use

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dread was before the 12th century
TOEFL IELTS BNC: 8728 COCA: 9181
dread

noun

ADJECTIVE | VERB + DREAD | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEgreat, mortal強烈的畏懼;極度的恐懼Her greatest dread was that she would lose her job.她最懼怕的就是失去工作。existential, nameless (both especially NAmE) 存在的/莫名的恐懼constant長期的恐懼creeping, growing, mounting緩慢發展的恐懼;漸漸增強的恐懼VERB + DREADfeel, have感到畏懼;有恐懼感the dread she felt at the thought of meeting him again一想起要再見他她就感到的恐懼He had a dread of hospitals.他對醫院有恐懼感。live in生活在恐懼之中He lived in constant dread that one day he might be found out.他一直生活在恐懼之中,擔心總有一天會被發現。fill sb with使某人充滿恐懼Does the thought of flying fill you with dread?想到飛行你就非常恐懼嗎 ?PREPOSITIONin dread of害怕After her shoplifting spree she lived in mortal dread of being found out.在商店大肆行竊之後,她惶恐不安,害怕給人發現。dread of對⋯的畏懼her dread of discovery她對真相敗露的恐懼PHRASESa feeling of dread, a sense of dread恐懼感
dread

verb

ADVERBabsolutely極其害怕I have to go to the dentist tomorrow and I'm absolutely dreading it!明天我必須去看牙醫,我真的非常害怕 !rather相當害怕always惶惶不可終日He had always dreaded being singled out.他總是擔心被單挑出來。
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Dread
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恐懼

0_0: Translations of Dread
  • # n.
    憚: dislike, dread, fear
    忌: dread, fear, scruple
  • # v.
    非常害怕: dread
    懼: boggle, dread, fear
    恐: be afraid, dread, fear
    恐懼: dread, fear, funk
    恇: be afraid, anticipate, dread, expect, fear, hope for
    怕: be afraid, dread
    竦: be afraid, be amazed, apprehend, be astonished, bob up, be careful not to
    竦懼: be afraid, chicken out, get cold feet, dread, fear, be frightened
    畏忌: dread, fear
    畏懼: dread, fear
    畏葸: dread, fear
    葸: dread, fear, feel insecure, feel unhappy
  • # a.
    可怖的: dread
    可怕的: dread, fearsome

0_0: Definitions of Dread
  • # verb.
    - anticipate with great apprehension or fear.
    * Jane was dreading the party
  • # noun.
    - great fear or apprehension.
    * the thought of returning to New Jersey filled her with dread
    - a person with dreadlocks.
    * None
  • # adjective.
    - greatly feared; dreadful.
    * he was stricken with the dread disease and died

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