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Definition of dread noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[uncountable, countable, usually singular]
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a feeling of great fear about something that might or will happen in the future; a thing that causes this feeling The prospect of growing old fills me with dread. She has an irrational dread of hospitals. The committee members live in dread of (= are always worried about) anything that may cause a scandal. My greatest dread is that my parents will find out.
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