Definition of dream in English:



  • 1A series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep.

    ‘I had a recurrent dream about falling from great heights’
    • ‘When she did sleep, her dreams were plagued with images of the Prince, fears of what he could - and probably would - do to her.’
    • ‘She tried to tell herself it was nothing but a dream, but the images kept flashing up in her mind.’
    • ‘In her sleep, Sara stirred as uneasy dreams flickered across her mind.’
    • ‘Images of my dream from the night before flash through my mind.’
    • ‘When he finally did get to sleep, dreams kept his mind in a constant state of turmoil.’
    • ‘Eventually, he drifted off to sleep, dreaming dreams of blood and agony.’
    • ‘Last night as I slept I dreamed everyday dreams - I can't even remember now what they were.’
    • ‘He had been happily sleeping without any dreams, without any images, just pitch blackness.’
    • ‘Aiden sat up abruptly, breathing somewhat heavily as he shook the last images of his dream out of his mind, but to no avail.’
    • ‘They just vanish, like a trance, or a deep sleep with no dreams.’
    • ‘Soon after, I fell into a peaceful sleep filled with pleasant dreams.’
    • ‘Have you ever endured one of those nights when you're so restless that you can't tell whether the images darting through your mind are dreams or reality?’
    • ‘The alarm has been inserted nicely into my dream so that my sleep can continue uninterrupted.’
    • ‘Exhausted from her journey, she fell into a fitful sleep, filled with dreams of her family.’
    • ‘The images from her dream floated about her mind and she knew she wouldn't sleep for a long while.’
    • ‘They all sank to the floor beginning their faze of sleep, dreams appearing in the minds of all but one.’
    • ‘The next few days passed in a haze of fever dreams; images of battles, the faces of people who had died.’
    • ‘And, for the first time in the last thirteen years, he does sleep, without any dreams, or nightmares, to wake him up.’
    • ‘A few minutes later she fell into a restless sleep, filled with dreams of Geoff.’
    • ‘Vishnu, the God, sleeps, and the activity of his mind stuff creates dreams, and we are all his dream: the world is Vishnu's dream.’
    fantasy, nightmare
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    1. 1.1in singular A state of mind in which someone is or seems to be unaware of their immediate surroundings.
      ‘he had been walking around in a dream all day’
      • ‘I would say it was probably because I was in a dream, and it has managed to transform itself into a false true memory, but that was not the case.’
      • ‘As if in a dream, with one foot heavy and one light, you stagger about in broad daylight through the noisy crowd while fresh and old memories weave together.’
      • ‘There's such calm intimacy in this tone and very little anger, moving in a dream of emotionless fact.’
      • ‘It helped paint a picture in my mind where for a moment I drifted off in a dream of great adventures to come.’
      • ‘Read his book as in a dream, and then read it again wide awake.’
      • ‘He is, according to his friends, a thoughtful sort of chap and it shows in his game: he plays as if in a dream.’
      • ‘Characters float through scenes as if in a dream, yet always conscious of their surroundings.’
      • ‘Showering and dressing, still in a dream, we looked with horror out of the window and saw a thick blanket of fog hiding the street.’
      • ‘Today, she was going to forget who she was, and live in a dream.’
      • ‘The auras of time, spirits, and even ghosts filled him, and his mind felt light and airy, as if in a dream.’
      daydream, reverie, trance, daze, stupor, haze, hypnotic state, half-conscious state, state of unreality
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  • 2A cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal.

    ‘I fulfilled a childhood dream when I became champion’
    • ‘This is the stuff of our dreams, our pain and our aspiration.’
    • ‘Fellow Koreans, now is the time to make our society a better place to live and to make all of our dreams and hopes come true.’
    • ‘Our union had been blessed, all of my dreams richly fulfilled.’
    • ‘With the prize of a thousand pounds Ann plans to make a dream come true and take a trip to the United States with her family.’
    • ‘Career paths have been plotted, exotic holidays are there for the taking, they can afford the car of their dreams and all the designer clothes they desire.’
    • ‘I think we deserved the game, but that last goal was just a dream come true.’
    • ‘Everyday, people search the housing market for the ultimate designer properties, hoping to find the ideal home of their dreams.’
    • ‘It was a dream come true and special, after everything I went through with the injuries.’
    • ‘So, yes, of course this is very special for me, a dream come true if you like.’
    • ‘He has fulfilled two of his dreams, firstly overcoming his stammer and secondly helping others.’
    • ‘The young boys and girls from the Fountain of Life in Pattaya saw some of their dreams and wishes come true, and received a break away from the mundane life on land.’
    • ‘Writing your childhood fave or something of the sort can be a dream come true, and even lucrative for a time.’
    • ‘To be part of this event which was a childhood memory is a dream come true.’
    • ‘It hurts to have to deal with this and see all of our dreams and plans go out the door, that's not a very good feeling.’
    • ‘There she was, the women of my dreams, hoping desperately that she had reached me before I read that letter.’
    • ‘I'm 22, engaged to the man of my dreams and I'm hoping that I can find a job before I'm forced to live in a shantytown of boxes.’
    • ‘A decade later, he fulfilled another of his dreams.’
    • ‘But instead of fire they found the object of their dreams: the bright chess set basking in the reflected glow of the full moon in the sky above.’
    • ‘These boxes are a dream come true for the unscrupulous person wishing to steal someone's identity.’
    • ‘He has worked so hard on his own speech and his reward came earlier this year when he fulfilled one of his dreams, speaking to an audience at Wembley.’
    ambition, aspiration, hope
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    1. 2.1 An unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy.
      ‘maybe he could get a job and earn some money—but he knew this was just a dream’
      • ‘The show business is about selling dreams and fantasies.’
      • ‘It made me think of the most un-realistic dreams and hopes that I had.’
      • ‘So what if Maggie wants to quit school and pursue some pipe dream.’
      • ‘Everyone here is a wisp of a person, broken down by time, unrealistic dreams, or their own personal TKO's.’
      • ‘I've spent the last quarter of my life pursuing the pipe dream of fame.’
      • ‘But this turned out to be an American pipe dream.’
    2. 2.2 A person or thing perceived as wonderful or perfect.
      ‘her new man's an absolute dream’
      ‘it was a dream of a backhand’
      • ‘Long considered too time consuming and laborious, shadowbox flaming has risen from the depths of obscurity to become a retailer's dream.’
      • ‘It's a manufacturing nightmare but a consumer's dream.’
      • ‘"It's a dream of a car," he says.’
      • ‘It was a book packager's dream - exceptional architecture, beautifully photographed, with interiors that in many cases had been especially decorated for the photo shoot.’
      • ‘France is surely cinema's dream.’
      • ‘Nobody could have anticipated how drastically things would swing Bolton's way with a dream of a goal just 16 seconds into the second half.’
      • ‘It's a dream of a part.’
      • ‘Vienna is an art lover's dream this spring.’
      • ‘She is a dream of a boat, with sleek lines and is equipped to the highest standards.’
      • ‘She is, in fact, a licensee's dream who is known for her versatility and cooperative nature.’
      • ‘While this sounds like a dream of a job, Kim still had an unfinished dream, and that was to open a restaurant.’
      • ‘She's already a dream of a writer.’
      • ‘It's a dream of a place.’
      • ‘Taut leatherette seating, snug booths, it's a dream of a diner for cafe connoisseurs.’
      delight, joy, marvel, wonder, gem, treasure, pleasure
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  • 1Experience dreams during sleep.

    ‘I dreamed about her last night’
    • ‘Funnily enough, I dreamed about waitresses again.’
    • ‘I only dreamed about murderous angry ghosts the once.’
    • ‘I dreamed about my fish having produced literally thousands of offspring.’
    • ‘I dreamed about Susan last night, which is what prompted me to write this today.’
    • ‘I'm too ashamed to tell you what I dreamed about.’
    • ‘We saw seals in the ocean when we were in Maine and last night I dreamed about bears.’
    • ‘I continued to think about Morrissey that first week, even dreamed about him a couple times.’
    • ‘When you wake up one morning, having dreamed about blogging, then it's time to take a break.’
    • ‘I drifted off to sleep with those thoughts on my mind and dreamed about nothing.’
    • ‘I dreamed about Bali last night though as usual it was not the real Bali, more some sandy, watery oceanic island with elements of the South of France about it.’
    • ‘Which is funny, because I actually dreamed about forgetting a footnote on a blog post last night.’
    • ‘Maybe I had been dreaming the first time I saw the girl in the looking glass, but it was too real to have been my own dream.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago I dreamed about him conducting Mendelssohn's Elijah.’
    • ‘As you awake from your troubled sleep, you realize that the group you'd dreamed about is deep in the woods.’
    • ‘When she was awake, she thought about it and when she was sleeping, she dreamed about it.’
    • ‘She cried herself to sleep and dreamed about the same nightmare over and over.’
    • ‘I dreamed about lamb shanks, even though I'm not really sure what a lamb shank is.’
    • ‘I assume I dreamed about it because I watched some before going to bed last night.’
    1. 1.1with object See, hear, or feel (something) in a dream.
      ‘maybe you dreamed it’
      with clause ‘I dreamed that I was going to be executed’
      • ‘The other night I dreamt that somebody put their arms around me from behind, but I didn't know who it was.’
      • ‘Did I ever tell you about the time that I dreamt my mom was dead, frozen in the snow?’
      • ‘She dreamt the plot for her first teenage novel - and once she started to write it, her daughter Bethany wouldn't let her stop.’
      • ‘I dreamt my boyfriend and I were teachers at my old school.’
      • ‘At first I thought I was dreaming it, but then I began to hear voices.’
      • ‘If, by chance, I have dreamt it, then I naturally take all of the kudos.’
      • ‘Her unusual name comes from her uncle, who dreamt it.’
      • ‘I may have dreamt it, I suppose, though I rarely dream.’
      • ‘Maybe I dreamed it, or perhaps the dream was what the shop sold, a fantasy of southern warmth conjured up like a charm in the chilly north.’
      • ‘Then she heard more bangs and she knew she had not dreamed it.’
      • ‘As she attempted to fall asleep again to dream her beautiful dreams, she heard someone breathing lightly beside her.’
      • ‘If the imagined occupants of this chair were dreaming these images, their sleep would not be restful.’
      • ‘But then I wasn't sure if I dreamt it, so lay awake in the dark and dozed off again - only to wake up feeling it on my hip, and when I tried to brush it off it clung on and started biting me.’
      • ‘Then again, he never saw everything, or maybe he had dreamt it and not remembered.’
      • ‘Don't you hate it when people tell you what they dreamt the night before?’
      • ‘On Saturday, I dreamt that P and I went to stay with someone, and the conversations in the dream were so real, when I woke up, I was sure they had happened.’
      • ‘I dreamt last night that a hand stood between myself and the door that was to represent my self-actualisation.’
      • ‘It's no surprise that I dreamt it snowed heavily.’
      • ‘And so, his imagination soaked with it, each night he dreamed a world of his own.’
      • ‘She thought that maybe she had dreamt the whole thing but her discarded prom dress lying on the floor told her it was not so.’
      have a dream, have dreams, have a nightmare, have nightmares
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  • 2Indulge in daydreams or fantasies about something greatly desired.

    ‘she had dreamed of a trip to America’
    • ‘‘I have dreamed of contributing to the country since my youth and now it is time,’ Chan said.’
    • ‘Maybe the fear is what will save me and bring me into a world I've dreamed of, wished for, and never experienced for myself.’
    • ‘But I've dreamed of being number one since I was a kid and will just have to see what happens at the end of the season.’
    • ‘Winnipeg-born Berchard always dreamed of being an actor, but his parents advised him to seek greater financial security.’
    • ‘This week offers them the chance to participate in the kind of activities they might only have dreamed of.’
    • ‘How long have I dreamed of quitting the rat race?’
    • ‘Anne Marie has always dreamed of riding the world's most radical waves and winning the Rip Masters surf competition in Hawaii.’
    • ‘I imagined the Caribbean Island I'd always dreamed of, but my fantasies were quickly destroyed.’
    • ‘As with many planned Utopias, those who dreamed of it elaborated their fancies down to minute details like the architecture of peasant farmhouses.’
    • ‘She had always dreamed of being a teacher and came close to her wish when she worked as a classroom assistant in Holly and Jessica's school.’
    • ‘So, you know, I have to get out of here, and I hope life treats you kind, and, you know, I hope you have all you've ever dreamed of.’
    • ‘I hope you'll use our story as you dream about your own outdoor space.’
    • ‘The show gave former go-karting track manager Justin, who has dreamed of becoming a racing driver, the chance to show off his skills behind the wheel of a Caterham Ford.’
    • ‘Take away all the complications of daily living and you will suddenly be free to write the novel you've always dreamed of, effortlessly rattling off a masterpiece in a weekend.’
    • ‘Yes, there were the odd sightings of those celebrities you've always dreamed of meeting, but where were you on this fine soirée?’
    • ‘I have always dreamed of doing an exhibition of sundials and this is my chance.’
    • ‘‘It's what you dream about, and it's going to be a fantastic experience,’ she said.’
    • ‘So he started a painting business, saved all of his pennies, and dreamed of a way that he could both make a living and make the world a better, happier place.’
    • ‘The novel I'd dreamed of for years, the one set in the merry, sinister woods of fairytale and midsummer, was there, waiting for me.’
    • ‘‘All my life I have dreamed of visiting China, and to be in Harbin and Shanghai,’ Olmert said.’
    fantasize about, daydream about
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    1. 2.1dream something awaywith object Waste one's time in a lazy, unproductive way.
      ‘we dreamed our lives away’
      • ‘Read your glossy magazines and dream away the long, lonely hours with thoughts of when your chance might come.’
      • ‘They dream away their twilights now in prisons for the aged.’
      • ‘I suddenly decided I wasn't going to waste six years dreaming my life away on a goat farm!’
      • ‘They might, out of abject fear and loneliness, dream away the hours on observation post, delighting, as Cacciato does, in a stick of Black Jack gum.’
      • ‘Sometimes it's hard not to dream your life away.’
      • ‘I could have pulled the covers over my head and dreamed away another hour and a half at least.’
      • ‘A luxurious thing, to dream away an afternoon in the dark.’
      • ‘The show will be a chill-out zone with a difference featuring music perfect for dreaming away the small hours.’
  • 3with negative Contemplate the possibility of doing something or that something might be the case.

    ‘I wouldn't dream of foisting myself on you’
    with clause ‘I never dreamed anyone would take offence’
    • ‘When they do earn it they discover a strength and security they never dreamed possible before.’
    • ‘Indeed, if you just lie back, technology and the global economic order will make you happier than you ever dreamed possible, they say.’
    • ‘It was something that I'd never dreamed possible, most likely because I never thought about it.’
    • ‘Some immigrants veer off the traditional career path and head out in new directions, into places they might never have dreamed of when they were growing up in India.’
    • ‘The Challenge Round in particular brought a level of excitement to the proceedings that I never would have dreamed possible.’
    • ‘This is something the students would have never dreamt of or, possibly this concept of intellectual entertainment itself might be new to them.’
    • ‘Bob Walker said the Brimble Hill School would be able to do things he had never dreamed of after receiving the donation from local firm Arval Ltd.’
    • ‘I haven't dreamed of downloading files larger than 5M in 10 minutes before.’
    • ‘He never would have dreamed of wearing it in front of ladies.’
    • ‘When it was all done he did more than I ever dreamed was possible for the tone and texture of the whole product.’
    • ‘It means a sense of amazement as I watch athletes make demands on their bodies and emotions I would never dream possible.’
    • ‘This whole place captured my attention in a way that I would not have dreamed possible.’
    • ‘Humans will be able to interact with their creations in ways never dreamed possible.’
    • ‘We couldn't possibly have dreamt that there would be a dead body on the other side of the fence to us.’
    • ‘On the one hand, she has grown into a force that fulfils her like she never dreamed possible.’
    • ‘Had they put pen to paper, they would not have dreamt of expressing such contempt.’
    • ‘No one could possibly dream that its end might soon be near.’
    • ‘I never dreamed of self-producing, I never dreamed of writing.’
    • ‘During the six days that followed, these American climbers would be pushed to limits they never dreamed possible.’
    • ‘She said that with this show the company had meant to point out some of the dangers in contemporary society, never dreaming that their fears would be realized on such a grand scale.’
    think, consider, contemplate, conceive, entertain the thought of, visualize
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  • beyond one's wildest dreams

    • Bigger or better than could be reasonably expected.

      ‘stockbrokers command salaries beyond the wildest dreams of most workers’
      • ‘There is a promise in AA that things will happen beyond your wildest dreams and they do.’
      • ‘We live in a highly technologically engineered world - a world where science and technology are revealing phenomena and wonders beyond our wildest dreams.’
      • ‘And then, the reaction was just beyond my wildest dreams, it was fantastic.’
      • ‘It's a reminder that you may succeed beyond your wildest dreams and you need to be ready for it to happen.’
      • ‘But this is just phenomenal, beyond our wildest dreams.’
      • ‘What if one day the chance you had been waiting for was suddenly in front of you, only to be followed by a string of good luck beyond your wildest dreams?’
      • ‘Imagine going out to dinner with a charming man who promises you riches and glory beyond your wildest dreams.’
      • ‘He said, look, you have become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, through certain things that perhaps weren't very legitimate, let alone fair.’
      • ‘But it's hard to pretend that the rather uninspiring fondant goo you've got smeared all over your teeth is confectionery delight beyond your wildest dreams.’
      • ‘You start bringing those kinds of numbers to the table and the possibilities quickly start multiplying beyond your wildest dreams.’
      tremendous, stupendous, prodigious, phenomenal
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  • in your dreams

    • Used ironically to assert that something desired is never likely to happen.

      ‘in your dreams, man, in your dreams!’
      • ‘‘Maybe in your dreams,’ Eli replied with a snort as he walked up beside Brandon.’
      • ‘‘Only in your dreams,’ I say with a sickeningly sweet smile.’
      • ‘‘Only in your dreams, Meg,’ I muttered, picking up the letter and starting for the lounge.’
      • ‘And they all laugh; they say Yeah, in your dreams!’
      • ‘Harr, we know that you have this major crush on her, but you and her together, only in your dreams.’
  • in one's wildest dreams

    • with negativeUsed to emphasize that a situation is beyond the scope of one's imagination.

      ‘she could never in her wildest dreams have imagined the summer weather in New York’
      • ‘Again, the magnitude of the change swamped the dire predictions of the anti-reformist wing; no one could have imagined, in their wildest dreams, a day when half of all marriages ended in divorce.’
      • ‘Now they have told us, after exhaustively doing whatever it is they do, something which we could never have imagined in our wildest dreams, or nightmares.’
      • ‘But I never imagined in my wildest dreams that the media would take off on this like they did.’
      • ‘I asked Bob whether he imagined, in his wildest dreams, that his job would turn out to be this intense when he was appointed.’
      • ‘When I came to this country 35 years ago, I never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be standing in front of you here as the governor-elect of California, introducing the president of the United States.’
      • ‘I never imagined in my wildest dreams that at 35 I would be giving up everything to sail around the world.’
      • ‘I could never imagine, even in my wildest dreams, that I would be at work on December 26th… after all, we do need to have some time to recover from all the food and liquor you know!’
      • ‘Never in our wildest dreams would we have imagined the kind of generosity we've seen in recent days.’
      • ‘Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that I'm about to write what I'm about to write… as it were.’
      • ‘I have never imagined in my wildest dreams that I would be standing up to defend the principles of open society, which are in the core of American history and tradition, in America.’
  • like a dream

    • informal Very well or successfully.

      ‘the car is still running like a dream’
      • ‘Chicken livers in Italy are firm and dark and cook like a dream.’
      • ‘It went on like a dream, took an hour to do and we were done!’
      • ‘My new PC works like a dream, although I've now got to transfer everything over from the old one - should be fun.’
      • ‘This game looks slick and plays like a dream, especially with the use of both analogue sticks controlling speed and direction.’
      • ‘Try these recipes with the best you can lay your hands on, and as long as you get the pan searing hot so that they take on a nice brown crust, they'll turn out like a dream.’
      • ‘My husband and I have done this for years, and it works like a dream.’
      • ‘The traffic diversion during the three days worked like a dream and avoided what could have been chaos.’
      • ‘Overall, the game looks fantastic, plays like a dream and has a compelling story.’
      • ‘Not only does it glide like a dream, but it generates lift and gains height.’
      • ‘The man writes like a dream and has the kind of life that makes you realise what the concept of ‘life’ might be.’
      superbly, superlatively, excellently, flawlessly, faultlessly, to perfection, without fault, ideally, wonderfully, marvellously, magnificently, sublimely, admirably, inimitably, incomparably, impeccably, immaculately, exquisitely, consummately
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  • live the dream

    • informal Have a lifestyle that is perceived as wonderful or perfect.

      ‘the couple seemed to be living the dream: three gorgeous children and a plush pad in Kensington’
      • ‘Born in California, raised in Brazil and a resident of the Virgin Islands since 1975, she says she "is living the dream" as an artist and gallery owner.’
      • ‘He is living the dream as a sports photographer.’
      • ‘If you'd like to live the dream too, why not chat to others who are planning to retire abroad?’
      • ‘With too much money and time on his hands, Zach looks like he's living the dream.’
      • ‘"For a few hours, they can live the dream and experience the excitement of being a firefighter."’
      • ‘It allows hundreds of people to live the dream of running their own vineyard, without the hassle, red tape or worry.’
      • ‘Despite living the dream under the Los Angeles sun, she says she does miss life back in Blighty.’
      • ‘In so many ways, she's living the dream, working with children as a schoolteacher and recently engaged to be married.’
      • ‘My life is certainly different because of the show, but I'm living the dream and I wouldn't change that for the world.’
      • ‘Though she had great support from her students, she is thrilled to be finally living the dream and looking forward to the release of her first album in September.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • dream on

    • in imperativeUsed as an ironic comment on the unlikely nature of a plan or aspiration.

      ‘Dean thinks he's going to get the job. Dream on, Babe’
      • ‘And before I hear from certain correspondents that this is exactly why we need to drill in ANWR, dream on.’
      • ‘And when they hear a novel idea, they laugh, ‘Well, it's just a pie in the sky… dream on, brother!’’
      • ‘Apart from government help and better childcare - dream on - Nicholson seems to think it is down to women to get better focused - even to become ruthless.’
      • ‘If you're hoping for those classic Arthurian scenes - the sword in the stone, the lady in the lake - you can dream on.’
      • ‘The hot shower seems to have sorted it out a bit but what I really need is a pair of willing hands and a good massage… oh well, dream on!’
      • ‘Yeah, dream on, boys… the antivirus industry does not hire virus writers.’
      • ‘So dream on, Sir Richard, and we'll continue to forgive you your showmanship.’
      • ‘And as for your other request, that we help you get your piece up on Daypop or Blogdex, well, Christ, dream on, Man.’
      • ‘If you want to make a fool of yourself believing in the Easter Bunny or the myth of ‘authentic’ God-given talent in popular music, dream on.’
      • ‘Coming up after the break, dream big or dream on.’
      • ‘George then says, ‘thank you Dawn’ to which she replies, ‘yeah dream on.’’
      • ‘I'd stalk you in a heartbeat if I felt like it, but Montez can dream on.’
      • ‘I know that you must be surprised to hear from me, but just dream on.’
      • ‘And as for those of you who are saying that I should cross to the other side and sit there: dream on, stir on!’
      • ‘Yeah right, dream on, when in history did the people of an imperial nation stop their government's barbarian behavior.’
      • ‘As for the prospect of moving to a 10,000 seat state of the art stadium in nine years' time - dream on.’
      • ‘‘If they are under any illusions that any piece of legislation will stop us standing, they can dream on,’ said Daly.’
  • dream something up

    • Imagine or invent something.

      ‘he's been dreaming up new ways of attracting customers’
      • ‘These works feel as if they were dreamt up over a few pints in a bar.’
      • ‘Once, schoolmates rallied round him when he claimed his father had died; they were furious when they discovered he had dreamed the story up to win sympathy.’
      • ‘Of all the ads, this is the one that most looks like it was dreamed up and executed by the Democratic National Committee.’
      • ‘Worst-case scenarios are dreamed up and promulgated, normally worse than before.’
      • ‘It's hard not to envy the lunatic who dreamed them up.’
      • ‘But on a Saturday morning, like today, I go in their room and the beds are empty and I'm standing there, still sort of sleeping and groggy and I imagine that they don't really exist or that I've dreamed my whole life up.’
      • ‘I'll be accused of paranoia, seeing reds under beds, conspiracy theories and what ever other dastardly motives can be dreamed up by all our favorite Lefties but that's just too bad.’
      • ‘Even works of sheer fantasy owe everything to the nature of the imagination that dreamed them up, and imaginations are shaped by the experiences of the individuals to which they are shackled.’
      • ‘Dozens of Edinburgh hotels are set to benefit from the creation of a new online service just weeks after the idea was dreamed up.’
      • ‘It's hard to shake the feeling that the novel was dreamed up and written inside a week.’
      • ‘Putting the right people in the right place at the right time, doing the right job - that may not be in the particular order that PR people dreamt it up - but that can be, I am afraid, from my experience, rather laughable.’
      • ‘And while Massachusetts' politicians dreamed it up (it was a parting present to Tip from his Congressional colleagues), almost 60 percent of the total cost will be paid for with federal tax dollars.’
      • ‘Grand designs to remake nations are dreamed up in the groves of academe and the corridors of power.’
      • ‘It should be about solutions not point scoring, because I don't care which side dreams it up.’
      • ‘Lots of new ideas have been dreamt up in the past few years to encourage more people to vote by making the process more convenient.’
      • ‘A ten per cent off coupon was printed on two nights in the Evening Press after the offer was dreamt up by a group of city retailers wanting to put the smiles back on the faces of local people following the chaos endured during the floods.’
      • ‘And she also must take the time to explain why members of the public were not consulted when this master plan was dreamt up.’
      • ‘It's difficult to resist the feeling that some ideas have been dreamed up by scientists desperate to make a name for themselves at any price.’
      • ‘It's no surprise to hear that the film was dreamt up by director Luc Besson as a teenager, but it's worth watching if only for Jean-Paul Gaultier's glorious costumes.’
      • ‘If their credentials seem a little vague, that's because the Williams family members are virtual people; they exist only in the mind of the man who dreamed them up.’
      think up, invent, concoct, devise, hatch, contrive, create, fabricate, work out, come up with, conjure up
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Middle English: of Germanic origin, related to Dutch droom and German Traum, and probably also to Old English drēam ‘joy, music’.