Children's, Intermediate and Advanced Online English Dictionary & Thesaurus

Comprehensive
Dictionary Suite
Help
Help
Help
 
Intermediate Dictionary
   
Display options
Show syllables
Show Lookup History
Double-Click Lookup
  Show Spanish support
 
Pronunciation
Wordsmyth
  Phonics
  IPA
 
Entry formats
Standard
  Classic
 
Lookup History
dread

dread

 
 
pronunciation:
dred
parts of speech:
verb, noun, adjective
features:
Word Explorer
part of speech: verb
inflections: dreaded, dreading, dreads
definition 1: to be very afraid of.
Some people dread flying.
synonyms:
fear
definition 2: to look ahead to with worry or dislike.
She dreads the end of summer vacation.
synonyms:
fear
similar words:
apprehend
 
part of speech: noun
definition: great fear.
Dread of the dentist keeps me from eating sweets.
synonyms:
fear, fright, horror, terror
similar words:
alarm, anxiety, apprehension, dismay, panic
 
part of speech: adjective
definition: causing great fear; terrifying.
Polio used to be a dread disease.
synonyms:
fearful, frightful, ghastly, horrible, horrid, horrifying, terrible, terrifying
similar words:
gruesome, ominous, shocking
Word Explorer
See
  emotion, fear