Definition of dream in US 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’
    • ‘The next few days passed in a haze of fever dreams; images of battles, the faces of people who had died.’
    • ‘The alarm has been inserted nicely into my dream so that my sleep can continue uninterrupted.’
    • ‘When she did sleep, her dreams were plagued with images of the Prince, fears of what he could - and probably would - do to her.’
    • ‘And, for the first time in the last thirteen years, he does sleep, without any dreams, or nightmares, to wake him up.’
    • ‘Soon after, I fell into a peaceful sleep filled with pleasant dreams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Last night as I slept I dreamed everyday dreams - I can't even remember now what they were.’
    • ‘When he finally did get to sleep, dreams kept his mind in a constant state of turmoil.’
    • ‘The images from her dream floated about her mind and she knew she wouldn't sleep for a long while.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Eventually, he drifted off to sleep, dreaming dreams of blood and agony.’
    • ‘They just vanish, like a trance, or a deep sleep with no dreams.’
    • ‘Exhausted from her journey, she fell into a fitful sleep, filled with dreams of her family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘A few minutes later she fell into a restless sleep, filled with dreams of Geoff.’
    • ‘They all sank to the floor beginning their faze of sleep, dreams appearing in the minds of all but one.’
    • ‘Images of my dream from the night before flash through my mind.’
    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’
      • ‘Characters float through scenes as if in a dream, yet always conscious of their surroundings.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The auras of time, spirits, and even ghosts filled him, and his mind felt light and airy, as if in a dream.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Read his book as in a dream, and then read it again wide awake.’
      • ‘It helped paint a picture in my mind where for a moment I drifted off in a dream of great adventures to come.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is, according to his friends, a thoughtful sort of chap and it shows in his game: he plays as if in a dream.’
      • ‘There's such calm intimacy in this tone and very little anger, moving in a dream of emotionless fact.’
      • ‘Today, she was going to forget who she was, and live 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’
    ‘the girl of my dreams’
    as modifier ‘they'd found their dream home’
    • ‘Everyday, people search the housing market for the ultimate designer properties, hoping to find the ideal home of their dreams.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These boxes are a dream come true for the unscrupulous person wishing to steal someone's identity.’
    • ‘He has fulfilled two of his dreams, firstly overcoming his stammer and secondly helping others.’
    • ‘A decade later, he fulfilled another of his dreams.’
    • ‘Our union had been blessed, all of my dreams richly fulfilled.’
    • ‘There she was, the women of my dreams, hoping desperately that she had reached me before I read that letter.’
    • ‘This is the stuff of our dreams, our pain and our aspiration.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a dream come true and special, after everything I went through with the injuries.’
    • ‘Writing your childhood fave or something of the sort can be a dream come true, and even lucrative for a time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think we deserved the game, but that last goal was just a dream come true.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, yes, of course this is very special for me, a dream come true if you like.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘I've spent the last quarter of my life pursuing the pipe dream of fame.’
      • ‘The show business is about selling dreams and fantasies.’
      • ‘Everyone here is a wisp of a person, broken down by time, unrealistic dreams, or their own personal TKO's.’
      • ‘It made me think of the most un-realistic dreams and hopes that I had.’
      • ‘But this turned out to be an American pipe dream.’
      • ‘So what if Maggie wants to quit school and pursue some 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’
      ‘she's a couturier's dream’
      • ‘While this sounds like a dream of a job, Kim still had an unfinished dream, and that was to open a restaurant.’
      • ‘France is surely cinema's dream.’
      • ‘She's already a dream of a writer.’
      • ‘It's a dream of a place.’
      • ‘She is a dream of a boat, with sleek lines and is equipped to the highest standards.’
      • ‘It's a manufacturing nightmare but a consumer's dream.’
      • ‘Long considered too time consuming and laborious, shadowbox flaming has risen from the depths of obscurity to become a retailer's dream.’
      • ‘Vienna is an art lover's dream this spring.’
      • ‘"It's a dream of a car," he says.’
      • ‘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 was a book packager's dream - exceptional architecture, beautifully photographed, with interiors that in many cases had been especially decorated for the photo shoot.’
      • ‘She is, in fact, a licensee's dream who is known for her versatility and cooperative nature.’
      • ‘Taut leatherette seating, snug booths, it's a dream of a diner for cafe connoisseurs.’
      • ‘It's a dream of a part.’
      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.’
    • ‘We saw seals in the ocean when we were in Maine and last night I dreamed about bears.’
    • ‘I only dreamed about murderous angry ghosts the once.’
    • ‘I dreamed about my fish having produced literally thousands of offspring.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I dreamed about lamb shanks, even though I'm not really sure what a lamb shank is.’
    • ‘I continued to think about Morrissey that first week, even dreamed about him a couple times.’
    • ‘A few weeks ago I dreamed about him conducting Mendelssohn's Elijah.’
    • ‘She cried herself to sleep and dreamed about the same nightmare over and over.’
    • ‘I dreamed about Susan last night, which is what prompted me to write this today.’
    • ‘Which is funny, because I actually dreamed about forgetting a footnote on a blog post last night.’
    • ‘I assume I dreamed about it because I watched some before going to bed last night.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm too ashamed to tell you what I dreamed about.’
    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’
      • ‘I may have dreamt it, I suppose, though I rarely dream.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She dreamt the plot for her first teenage novel - and once she started to write it, her daughter Bethany wouldn't let her stop.’
      • ‘And so, his imagination soaked with it, each night he dreamed a world of his own.’
      • ‘If the imagined occupants of this chair were dreaming these images, their sleep would not be restful.’
      • ‘Don't you hate it when people tell you what they dreamt the night before?’
      • ‘I dreamt last night that a hand stood between myself and the door that was to represent my self-actualisation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At first I thought I was dreaming it, but then I began to hear voices.’
      • ‘Her unusual name comes from her uncle, who dreamt it.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘It's no surprise that I dreamt it snowed heavily.’
      • ‘Then again, he never saw everything, or maybe he had dreamt it and not remembered.’
      • ‘If, by chance, I have dreamt it, then I naturally take all of the kudos.’
      • ‘I dreamt my boyfriend and I were teachers at my old school.’
      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 Italy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I imagined the Caribbean Island I'd always dreamed of, but my fantasies were quickly destroyed.’
    • ‘‘It's what you dream about, and it's going to be a fantastic experience,’ she said.’
    • ‘Yes, there were the odd sightings of those celebrities you've always dreamed of meeting, but where were you on this fine soirée?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Anne Marie has always dreamed of riding the world's most radical waves and winning the Rip Masters surf competition in Hawaii.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have always dreamed of doing an exhibition of sundials and this is my chance.’
    • ‘This week offers them the chance to participate in the kind of activities they might only have dreamed of.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Winnipeg-born Berchard always dreamed of being an actor, but his parents advised him to seek greater financial security.’
    • ‘I hope you'll use our story as you dream about your own outdoor space.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As with many planned Utopias, those who dreamed of it elaborated their fancies down to minute details like the architecture of peasant farmhouses.’
    • ‘How long have I dreamed of quitting the rat race?’
    • ‘‘All my life I have dreamed of visiting China, and to be in Harbin and Shanghai,’ Olmert 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.’
    • ‘‘I have dreamed of contributing to the country since my youth and now it is time,’ Chan said.’
    fantasize about, daydream about
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    1. 2.1dream something awaywith object Waste one's time in a lazy, unproductive way.
      • ‘I suddenly decided I wasn't going to waste six years dreaming my life away on a goat farm!’
      • ‘Read your glossy magazines and dream away the long, lonely hours with thoughts of when your chance might come.’
      • ‘A luxurious thing, to dream away an afternoon in the dark.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They dream away their twilights now in prisons for the aged.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 offense’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On the one hand, she has grown into a force that fulfils her like she 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.’
    • ‘I haven't dreamed of downloading files larger than 5M in 10 minutes before.’
    • ‘During the six days that followed, these American climbers would be pushed to limits they never dreamed possible.’
    • ‘When they do earn it they discover a strength and security they never dreamed possible before.’
    • ‘Humans will be able to interact with their creations in ways 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.’
    • ‘We couldn't possibly have dreamt that there would be a dead body on the other side of the fence to us.’
    • ‘I never dreamed of self-producing, I never dreamed of writing.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It means a sense of amazement as I watch athletes make demands on their bodies and emotions I would never dream possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When it was all done he did more than I ever dreamed was possible for the tone and texture of the whole product.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He never would have dreamed of wearing it in front of ladies.’
    • ‘This whole place captured my attention in a way that I would not have dreamed possible.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Imagine going out to dinner with a charming man who promises you riches and glory beyond your wildest dreams.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said, look, you have become wealthy beyond your wildest dreams, through certain things that perhaps weren't very legitimate, let alone fair.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘You start bringing those kinds of numbers to the table and the possibilities quickly start multiplying beyond your wildest dreams.’
      • ‘And then, the reaction was just beyond my wildest dreams, it was fantastic.’
      tremendous, stupendous, prodigious, phenomenal
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  • in your dreams

    • Used in spoken English to assert that something much desired is not likely ever to happen.

      • ‘And they all laugh; they say Yeah, in your dreams!’
      • ‘‘Only in your dreams, Meg,’ I muttered, picking up the letter and starting for the lounge.’
      • ‘‘Maybe in your dreams,’ Eli replied with a snort as he walked up beside Brandon.’
      • ‘Harr, we know that you have this major crush on her, but you and her together, only in your dreams.’
      • ‘‘Only in your dreams,’ I say with a sickeningly sweet smile.’
  • 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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 never imagined in my wildest dreams that at 35 I would be giving up everything to sail around the world.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I asked Bob whether he imagined, in his wildest dreams, that his job would turn out to be this intense when he was appointed.’
      • ‘But I never imagined in my wildest dreams that the media would take off on this like they did.’
  • like a dream

    • informal Very well or successfully.

      ‘the car is still running like a dream’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Overall, the game looks fantastic, plays like a dream and has a compelling story.’
      • ‘The man writes like a dream and has the kind of life that makes you realise what the concept of ‘life’ might be.’
      • ‘This game looks slick and plays like a dream, especially with the use of both analogue sticks controlling speed and direction.’
      • ‘It went on like a dream, took an hour to do and we were done!’
      • ‘Chicken livers in Italy are firm and dark and cook like a dream.’
      • ‘My husband and I have done this for years, and it works like a dream.’
      • ‘My new PC works like a dream, although I've now got to transfer everything over from the old one - should be fun.’
      • ‘The traffic diversion during the three days worked like a dream and avoided what could have been chaos.’
      • ‘Not only does it glide like a dream, but it generates lift and gains height.’
      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’
      • ‘It allows hundreds of people to live the dream of running their own vineyard, without the hassle, red tape or worry.’
      • ‘If you'd like to live the dream too, why not chat to others who are planning to retire abroad?’
      • ‘He is living the dream as a sports photographer.’
      • ‘With too much money and time on his hands, Zach looks like he's living the dream.’
      • ‘Despite living the dream under the Los Angeles sun, she says she does miss life back in Blighty.’
      • ‘"For a few hours, they can live the dream and experience the excitement of being a firefighter."’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘My life is certainly different because of the show, but I'm living the dream and I wouldn't change that for the world.’
      • ‘In so many ways, she's living the dream, working with children as a schoolteacher and recently engaged to be married.’
      • ‘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, especially in spoken English, as an ironic comment on the unlikely or impractical nature of a plan or aspiration.

      ‘Dean thinks he's going to get the job. Dream on, Babe’
      • ‘I know that you must be surprised to hear from me, but just 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!’
      • ‘Coming up after the break, dream big or dream on.’
      • ‘I'd stalk you in a heartbeat if I felt like it, but Montez can dream on.’
      • ‘Yeah, dream on, boys… the antivirus industry does not hire virus writers.’
      • ‘If you're hoping for those classic Arthurian scenes - the sword in the stone, the lady in the lake - you can dream on.’
      • ‘So dream on, Sir Richard, and we'll continue to forgive you your showmanship.’
      • ‘As for the prospect of moving to a 10,000 seat state of the art stadium in nine years' time - dream on.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘George then says, ‘thank you Dawn’ to which she replies, ‘yeah 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!’
      • ‘And when they hear a novel idea, they laugh, ‘Well, it's just a pie in the sky… dream on, brother!’’
      • ‘Yeah right, dream on, when in history did the people of an imperial nation stop their government's barbarian behavior.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And as for your other request, that we help you get your piece up on Daypop or Blogdex, well, Christ, dream on, Man.’
      • ‘‘If they are under any illusions that any piece of legislation will stop us standing, they can dream on,’ said Daly.’
      • ‘And before I hear from certain correspondents that this is exactly why we need to drill in ANWR, dream on.’
  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Worst-case scenarios are dreamed up and promulgated, normally worse than before.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Of all the ads, this is the one that most looks like it was dreamed up and executed by the Democratic National Committee.’
      • ‘It's hard not to envy the lunatic who dreamed them up.’
      • ‘It's hard to shake the feeling that the novel was dreamed up and written inside a week.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It should be about solutions not point scoring, because I don't care which side dreams it 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.’
      • ‘Dozens of Edinburgh hotels are set to benefit from the creation of a new online service just weeks after the idea was dreamed 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’.