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Meaning & Definition of Dread in English

English

Dread

/drɛd/

noun

1. Fearful expectation or anticipation

  • "The student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
    synonym:
  • apprehension
  • ,
  • apprehensiveness
  • ,
  • dread

verb

1. Be afraid or scared of

  • Be frightened of
  • "I fear the winters in moscow"
  • "We should not fear the communists!"
    synonym:
  • fear
  • ,
  • dread

adjective

1. Causing fear or dread or terror

  • "The awful war"
  • "An awful risk"
  • "Dire news"
  • "A career or vengeance so direful that london was shocked"
  • "The dread presence of the headmaster"
  • "Polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was"
  • "A dreadful storm"
  • "A fearful howling"
  • "Horrendous explosions shook the city"
  • "A terrible curse"
    synonym:
  • awful
  • ,
  • dire
  • ,
  • direful
  • ,
  • dread(a)
  • ,
  • dreaded
  • ,
  • dreadful
  • ,
  • fearful
  • ,
  • fearsome
  • ,
  • frightening
  • ,
  • horrendous
  • ,
  • horrific
  • ,
  • terrible

Examples of using

He is in constant dread of his father.