dream


dream
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noun
1 while you are asleep
ADJECTIVE
awful, bad, disturbing, horrible, terrible

a child frightened by a bad dream

bizarre, odd, strange, weird
fevered
pleasant
lucid, vivid
erotic, wet
recurrent, recurring
prophetic

He had a prophetic dream about a train crash the night before the disaster.

day (usually daydream), waking

His waking dream was rudely interrupted by the telephone.

VERB + DREAM
dream, have

She fell asleep and dreamed strange dreams.

I had a very disturbing dream last night.

awake from, wake from
be awoken from, be woken from

I was awoken from my dream by a knock at the door.

remember

I hardly ever remember my dreams.

interpret
haunt, invade, plague

Images of the crash still haunted his dreams years later.

DREAM + VERB
come true

I hope my dream about prison won't come true!

haunt sb, plague sb

vivid dreams that regularly haunted him

She is plagued by strange dreams.

fade, fade away

She opened her eyes and the dream faded.

DREAM + NOUN
interpretation
PREPOSITION
in a/the dream

In her dream, she was on board a ship heading for America.

dream about

a recurrent dream about being late for an exam

PHRASES
as (if) in a dream

She found herself standing in front of the crowded hall and making her speech, as if in a dream.

sweet dreams

‘Sweet dreams!’ she said, turning off the light.

2 sth that you want very much to happen
ADJECTIVE
big, great

Her biggest dream was to become a singer.

lifelong, long-held

her lifelong dream of swimming with dolphins

boyhood, childhood
distant

His plans to travel the world now seemed like a distant dream.

crazy, impossible

Peace no longer seemed an impossible dream.

pipe

He spent his life chasing pipe dreams (= fantasies that are unlikely to come true).

unfulfilled, unrealized
broken, shattered
utopian
romantic

She had this romantic dream of living in a windmill.

VERB + DREAM
cherish, have

the great utopian dream that they have cherished for so long

achieve, fulfil/fulfill, live, live out, realize

At last his dreams were fulfilled.

By this stage in my life I expected to be living the dream.

chase, follow, pursue

He left his job to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant.

abandon

He never abandoned his dream of finding his real mother.

crush, shatter

The injury shattered her dream of running in the Olympics.

keep alive

The victory keeps San Marino's dream of a World Cup place alive.

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DREAM + VERB
come true

He put all his efforts into making his dream of a united country come true.

turn into a nightmare, turn sour (esp. BrE)

Their dream turned into a nightmare as the ship began to sink.

DREAM + NOUN
holiday (BrE), home, house, job, vacation (AmE)

After Betty retired, she designed and built her dream house.

land (usually dreamland) (esp. BrE), world

The government is living in a dream world if they think voters will agree to higher taxes.

PREPOSITION
dream of

their dream of a fairer world

PHRASES
the American dream

Born a poor boy in Kansas, he lived the American dream as a successful inventor.

the … of sb's dreams

the house of her dreams

the girl of his dreams

beyond sb's wildest dreams

They achieved a success beyond their wildest dreams.

a dream come true

Their cruise in the Bahamas was a dream come true.

hopes and dreams

She confided in him all her hopes and dreams.

live the dream

At last I feel I'm living the dream.

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verb
ADVERB
always

As a child she always dreamed of working with animals.

often

He often dreamed of owning a house right on the beach.

never

I never dreamed I'd actually get the job.

still
long

People have long dreamed of an egalitarian society.

just, only

It was the kind of trip most of us can only dream about.

VERB + DREAM
wouldn't

I wouldn't dream of going without you (= I would never go without you).

PREPOSITION
about, of
Dream is used with these nouns as the object: ↑dream

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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