Language: Old English
Origin: dream 'noise, great happiness'


1 noun
dream1 S2 W2 [countable]

while sleeping

a series of thoughts, images, and feelings that you experience when you are asleep [↪ daydream]
in a dream
In my dream I flew to a forest of enormous trees.
I had a really weird dream last night.
Nick sleeps in my room because he has bad dreams (=frightening dreams) sometimes.
dream about
dreams about drowning
recurring dream (=a dream you have again and again)
be/seem like a dream (=seem unreal)
Those few short months with Tony seemed like a dream to her.
Seeing him again was like a bad dream (=so unpleasant that it seemed unreal).


a wish to do, be, or have something - used especially when this seems unlikely:
Her dream is to make a movie.
fulfil/realize a dream
I fulfilled a childhood dream when I became champion.
the man/woman/dress/place etc of your dreams (=the perfect man, woman etc)
I have just met the man of my dreams!
beyond your wildest dreams (=better than anything you ever imagined or hoped for)
not/never in your wildest dreams (=used to emphasize that you think something is very strange or unlikely)
Never in my wildest dreams had I thought I would go to Hollywood.

dream house/home/job etc

something that seems perfect to someone:
I've finally found my dream house.
Win a dream holiday for two in San Francisco!

in a dream

having a state of mind in which you do not notice or pay attention to things around you:
Ruth went about her tasks in a dream.

be a dream come true

if something is a dream come true, it happens after you have wanted it to happen for a long time:
Marriage to her is a dream come true.

like a dream

extremely well or effectively:

be/live in a dream world

to have ideas or hopes that are not correct or likely to happen:
If you think that all homeless people have it as easy as me, then you are living in dream world.

be a dream

be perfect or very desirable:
Her latest boyfriend is an absolute dream.
Some performers are a dream to work with; others are not.
somebody's dream (=something someone would really like)
She's every adolescent schoolboy's dream.

in your dreams

spoken used to say in a rude way that something is not likely to happen:
'I'm going to ask her to go out with me.' 'In your dreams!'

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