Dream, v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Dreamed (drēmd) or Dreamt
(drĕmt); p. pr. & vb. n. Dreaming.]
[Cf. AS. drēman, drȳman, to rejoice. See
Dream, n.] 1. To have
ideas or images in the mind while in the state of sleep; to
experience sleeping visions; -- often with of; as, to
dream of a battle, or of an absent friend.
2. To let the mind run on in idle revery or
vagary; to anticipate vaguely as a coming and happy reality; to have
a visionary notion or idea; to imagine.
Here may we sit and dream. Keble.
Over the heavenly theme
They dream on in a constant course of reading,
but not digesting. Locke.
Dream (drēm), n. [Akin to OS.
drōm, D. droom, G. traum, Icel.
draumr, Dan. & Sw. dröm; cf. G. trügen
to deceive, Skr. druh to harm, hurt, try to hurt. AS.
dreÁm joy, gladness, and OS. drōm joy are,
perh., different words; cf. Gr. qry^los noise.]
1. The thoughts, or series of thoughts, or
imaginary transactions, which occupy the mind during sleep; a
Dreams are but interludes which fancy
I had a dream which was not all a
2. A visionary scheme; a wild conceit; an
idle fancy; a vagary; a revery; -- in this sense, applied to an
imaginary or anticipated state of happiness; as, a dream of
bliss; the dream of his youth.
There sober thought pursued the amusing theme,
Till Fancy colored it and formed a dream.
It is not them a mere dream, but a very real
aim which they propose. J. C. Shairp.
Dream, v. t. To have a dream of;
to see, or have a vision of, in sleep, or in idle fancy; -- often
followed by an objective clause.
Your old men shall dream dreams.
Acts ii. 17.
At length in sleep their bodies they compose,. Dryden.
And dreamt the future fight
And still they dream that they shall still
To dream away, out, through,
etc., to pass in revery or inaction; to spend in idle vagaries;
as, to dream away an hour; to dream through life.
" Why does Antony dream out his hours?" Dryden.