Definition of daydream in English:



  • A series of pleasant thoughts that distract one's attention from the present.

    ‘she was lost in a daydream’
    • ‘The booming of that door seemed to have woken me from a pleasant daydream, abruptly bringing cold reality back into sharp focus.’
    • ‘He had been pondering his next move all the academic day, drifting off into daydreams instead of paying attention in class.’
    • ‘She smiled at her daydream hoping that things worked out exactly the way she imagined.’
    • ‘In her daydream, she imagined being in an airplane.’
    • ‘As happens in daydreams, there is a happy ending.’
    • ‘Someone's presence next to their table startled him from gold-laden daydreams and back into reality.’
    • ‘Her daydreams had no problems in them; they were daydreams after all.’
    • ‘Echo left her daydreams and focused back to the present.’
    • ‘For the rest of the class she stared absent-mindedly at the clock, lost in a daydream.’
    • ‘I must look as though I'm stuck in a daydream, because Lake taps the desk to get my attention.’
    • ‘Beth gets Cal's attention away from his daydream and tells him she wants the family to go to London for Christmas this year.’
    • ‘Rard, jerked out of a pleasant daydream about Spooks, glared at the girls.’
    • ‘With a sigh she turned her attentions inward once again, back to her own daydream.’
    • ‘It is, they imagine, a place they'll only visit in their daydreams.’
    • ‘Reluctantly stirring from her very pleasant daydreams, Hope looked upwards and found Frank Metcalfe smiling down at her.’
    • ‘A sweeping glance confirmed that no one needed my attention, and I returned to my daydreams.’
    • ‘How many of our daydreams would darken into nightmares, were there any danger of their coming true.’
    • ‘My daydream distracted me and I jumped when I noticed Red plop down in front of me.’
    • ‘Aim just sat there, still engrossed in her daydream with her muffin.’
    • ‘Em scanned the schoolyard with drooped eyelids in a pleasant daydream trying to find a liable distraction.’
    reverie, trance, fantasy, vision, fancy, hallucination, musing, brown study, imagining
    dream, pipe dream, fantasy, figment of the imagination, unrealizable dream, castle in the air, castle in spain
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  • Indulge in a daydream.

    ‘stop daydreaming and pay attention’
    • ‘Have you ever daydreamed about how you would spend your money if you were one of the richest people in the world?’
    • ‘When he was 11, his teachers had to tell him to stop daydreaming about acting all the time and work harder at his studies.’
    • ‘I was never the kind of girl who daydreamed about married bliss anyway; I didn't have any model for that kind of thing.’
    • ‘How many times have you sat in your office, daydreaming about being on your boat instead of at work?’
    • ‘The truth of it is I'd rather be out in the fresh air on a lovely day, daydreaming in the sun.’
    • ‘It didn't stop her from daydreaming though, that she could be the girl to help him love again.’
    • ‘She stopped daydreaming and realized she had about ten minutes left to get to the captain.’
    • ‘Some were noisy, some were listening intently, and one seemed to be daydreaming.’
    • ‘She was daydreaming about her school back in California and what her friends were doing right then.’
    • ‘I can't remember the last time I looked out the window, or daydreamed as I worked on my computer.’
    • ‘In fact, just this morning, I organized a desk drawer, did two loads of clothes, emptied the dishwasher and daydreamed about Dayton in March.’
    • ‘In one, as yet unnamed piece, a woman sits languidly daydreaming, her leg dangling over John's fireplace.’
    • ‘She was still daydreaming when a loud rap at the wooden door shook her violently from her musings.’
    • ‘Even so, she had never stopped wistfully daydreaming about what could have been, of the life she could have lived on Lothos.’
    • ‘Everyone said I was far too quiet, like I was always lost in my own world, daydreaming.’
    • ‘Although Ayman was an excellent student, he often seemed to be daydreaming in class.’
    • ‘She was back at her home, daydreaming again when she was supposed to be practicing her flute.’
    • ‘I'd been daydreaming about it all week, and it was every bit as good as it always is.’
    • ‘She closed her eyes and started daydreaming about Kyle and wondering if he would be at the party.’
    • ‘Now they have lunch with each other, daydreaming like children about new lives as inventors, explorers and sportsmen.’
    dream, muse, be lost in thought, be in a brown study, stare into space, hallucinate
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