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Definition of dread verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

dread

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dred//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dred//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dread
BrE BrE//dred//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dred//
 
he / she / it dreads
BrE BrE//dredz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dredz//
 
past simple dreaded
BrE BrE//ˈdredɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdredɪd//
 
past participle dreaded
BrE BrE//ˈdredɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdredɪd//
 
-ing form dreading
BrE BrE//ˈdredɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdredɪŋ//
 
Nervous
 
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to be very afraid of something; to fear that something bad is going to happen dread something This was the moment he had been dreading. dread doing something I dread being sick. dread somebody doing something She dreads her husband finding out. dread to do something I dread to think what would happen if there really was a fire here. dread that… I both hoped and dreaded that he would come. See related entries: Nervous Word Origin Old English ādrǣdan, ondrǣdan, of West Germanic origin; related to Old High German intrātan.Extra examples He had always dreaded being singled out. I have to go to the dentist tomorrow and I’m absolutely dreading it! I dread to think what would happen if there really was a fire.
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