(noun, adjective, verb)


1. causing fear or dread or terror

- the dread presence of the headmaster

- polio is no longer the dreaded disease it once was

- a dreadful storm

Similar word(s): alarming, awful, dire, direful, dreaded, dreadful, fearful, fearsome, frightening, horrendous, horrific, terrible


1. fearful expectation or anticipation

Similar word(s): apprehension, apprehensiveness

Definition categories: feeling, fear, fearfulness, fright


1. be afraid or scared of; be frightened of

Similar word(s): fear

Definition categories: emotion

Sentences with dread as a verb:

- I'm dreading getting the results of the test, as it could decide my whole life.