- 1[countable] a series of images, events, and feelings that happen in your mind while you are asleep I had a vivid dream about my old school. I thought someone came into the bedroom, but it was just a dream. “Goodnight. Sweet dreams.” Don't think about it. You'll only give yourself bad dreams. compare nightmare see also wet dream
- 2[countable] a wish to have or be something, especially one that seems difficult to achieve Her lifelong dream was to be a famous writer. He wanted to be rich but it was an impossible dream. If I win, it will be a dream come true. She tried to turn her dream of running her own business into reality. a dream car/house/job, etc. I've finally found the man of my dreams. a chance to fulfill a childhood dream It was the end of all my hopes and dreams. see also pipe dream
- 3[singular] a state of mind or a situation in which things do not seem real or part of normal life She walked around in a dream all day. see also daydream
- 4[singular] (informal) a beautiful or wonderful person or thing That meal was an absolute dream. Idioms
- 1to work very well My new car goes like a dream.
- 2to happen without problems, in the way that you had planned The wedding celebrations went like a dream.
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used to tell someone that something they are hoping for is not likely to happen “I'll be a manager before I'm 30.” “In your dreams.”
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(of a situation) so unpleasant that you cannot believe it is true In broad daylight the events of the night before seemed like a bad dream.
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used to say that something has happened in a way that someone did not expect at all Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd meet him again.
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