Meaning of dread

dread

Pronunciation: (dred), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death.
  2. to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties.
  3. to hold in respectful awe.
—v.i.
  1. to be in great fear.
—n.
  1. terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great fear.
  2. a person or thing dreaded.
  3. deep awe or reverence.
—adj.
  1. greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
  2. held in awe or reverential fear.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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