From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdreaddread1 /dred/ ●○○ verb 🔊 🔊 [transitive]WORRIED to feel anxious or worried about something that is going to happen or may happen 🔊 I’ve got an interview tomorrow and I’m dreading it.dread doing something 🔊 I’m dreading going back to work.dread somebody doing something 🔊 Tim dreaded his parents finding out.dread (that) 🔊 I’m dreading that I’ll be asked to make a speech.dread the thought/prospect of (doing) something 🔊 He dreaded the prospect of being all alone in that house. 🔊 I dread to think what will happen if they get elected (=I think it will be very bad).→ See Verb table
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dread• It prefers a rich, moist but well drainedsoil and dreads a drywindysite.• They avoided talking about Miss Poole or Heather and dreaded going to the weeklydinner parties.• I have to go to the dentist's tomorrow, and I'm dreading it.• I had expected her to want to come back to the hotel with me and I was dreading it.• The Wilsons were coming back from holidaytoday, and I was dreading telling them what had happened while they were away.• The icyweather had citrusgrowersdreading the effects of frost.• He spat a bit as he spoke and Carrie dreaded the moment when she would have to shake hands and be spat at.• She will dread the thought of that final parting, which must come in time.I dread to think• What we will do next SeasonI dread to think.• What will happen when you publish on Sundays as well, I dread to think.• The children were playing in the room and they could have found it and I dread to think what may have happened.• I dread to think what might happen if he gets elected.• But without Debbie's determination and your article, I dread to think what might have happened.dreaddread2 noun 🔊 🔊 [singular, uncountable]FRIGHTENED a strong fear of something that is going to happen or may happendread of (doing) something 🔊 the dread of losing those we lovewith dread 🔊 Bernice looked with dread at the end of the passage. 🔊 The prospect of flying filled me with dread. 🔊 She lives in dread of (=is continuously very afraid of) the disease returning.