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dream about (someone or something)

1. To fantasize about doing something as one's goal or ambition. I've dreamed about being an astronaut since I was eight years old.
2. To envision someone or something in one's sleep. While recovering from dental surgery, I actually dreamed about all the foods I couldn't eat. Waking up was quite a disappointment! What does it mean if you keep dreaming about the same person every night?
See also: dream

dream away

To waste time absorbed in fantasies. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dream" and "away." You'll be up all night doing your book report if you just lay around and dream away the day.
See also: away, dream

dream of (someone or something)

1. To fantasize about doing something as one's goal or ambition. I've dreamed of being an astronaut since I was eight years old.
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 up

To invent or imagine something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dream" and "up." No, Meredith used to flirt with me all the time—I didn't just dream up her romantic interest in me, I swear! I can't wait to hear the excuse you've dreamed up this time!
See also: dream, up

dream something away

Fig. to waste away a period of time having fantasies. I just want to sit in the sun and dream the day away. Don't dream away your life!
See also: away, dream

dream something up

Fig. to invent something; to fabricate something. (The something can be the word something.) I don't know what to do, but I'll dream something up. Please dream up a solution for this problem.
See also: dream, up

dream up

Invent, concoct, as in Count on her to dream up some explanation for her absence. This expression replaced the somewhat earlier dream out. [c. 1940]
See also: dream, up

dream up

v.
To concoct something, especially a plan or idea that is viewed as impractical: We dreamed up a plan to take over the company. They dreamed a plan up that would allow them to retire next year. What happens in the book is more magical than anything I could dream up.
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One day talking to some teachers, a teacher (male) mentioned, to the other teachers, of having dreamt about a pig some nights before, and he had purchased a lottery ticket and was waiting to see if he had won.
He believed that everything in your dream is you, or a representation of something you are, or imagine yourself to be, but that some of the symbols you dreamt about - snakes, a house, a cave, a sword - could be shown to be used in a similar context by everyone.
In keeping with the above, Martha's distressing dreams are disclosing her painful existential situation--her realisations about everyday limitations, uncertainty and mortality--while at the same time her dreamt and waking panic has maintained limited self reflection and openness to herself.
Because lucid dreaming is so vivid, it ensures you remember what you dreamt. You can also learn how to prolong and guide the dream, letting ideas develop.
I was just about to drown when I woke up." On another night, he also dreamt: "I was swept away in a whirlwind.
"Most were not only unable to recall any dream content but actively denied having dreamt at all," says psychologist Peretz Lavie of Technion-Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa, who presented the findings last week at the annual meeting of the Association of Professional Sleep Societies in Washington, D.C.