Dread - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |dred|  American pronunciation of the word dread
Brit.  |dred|  British pronunciation of the word dread


- fearful expectation or anticipation (syn: apprehension, apprehensiveness)


- be afraid or scared of; be frightened of (syn: fear)
- causing fear or dread or terror (syn: awful, dire, direful, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible)
the dread presence of the headmaster
polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was
a dreadful storm


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.

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.

...every ship on the Spanish Main was terrified of running into the dread pirate...

I've got an interview tomorrow and I'm dreading it.

I'm dreading going back to work.

Tim dreaded his parents finding out.

I'm dreading that I'll be asked to make a speech.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dread
he/she/it: dreads
present participle: dreading
past tense: dreaded
past participle: dreaded
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