dream of (someone or something)

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dream of (someone or something)

1. To fantasize about someone or something, especially doing something as one's goal or ambition. I've dreamed of being an astronaut since I was eight years old. I've dreamed of this moment. I can't believe it's actually happening. Back in high school, I dreamed of him. Now we're together and he's everything to me.
2. To envision someone or something in one's sleep. While recovering from dental surgery, I actually dreamed of all the foods I couldn't eat. Waking up was quite a disappointment! What does it mean if you keep dreaming of the same thing every night?
See also: dream, of

dream of doing something

Fig. to have a fantasy of doing something. (See also dream about someone or something.) I dream of owning a house like that. Clara dreamed of sailing off into the sunset with Roger.
See also: dream, of
References in classic literature ?
Yet I never dreamed of cities; nor did a house ever occur in any of my dreams.
Who has not dreamed of her,--who that can dream at all?
"Am I right," I began, "in supposing that you dreamed of me in Shetland, as you once before dreamed of me while I was at my house in Perthshire?"
I felt the same absolute reliance on your power to help me that I felt when I first dreamed of you in Scotland.
Over half of the sample also repeatedly dreamed of "searching for a certain place" and "falling."
On the contrary, most had never dreamed of being physically attacked, but those who had were regularly dreaming of it.
One response cut through it all and connected deep, in a manner and a place I had never dreamed of touching.
Growing up in Virgina, Lindsay often dreamed of becoming a marine biologist and traveling to fat-off places.
They dreamed of more money, of a better standard of living.
He dreamed of a lions' cage in which the animals were snarling and clawing the air.
The following year she dreamed of walking in a field and coming across a hole filled with tree roots.