ADJ. great, mortal Her greatest dread was that she would lose her job. | constant
VERB + DREAD feel, have He had a dread of hospitals. the dread she felt at the thought of meeting him again | live in He lived in constant dread that one day he might be found out. | fill sb with Does the thought of flying fill you with dread?
PREP. in ~ of After her shoplifting spree she lived in mortal dread of being found out. | ~ of her dread of discovery
PHRASES a feeling/sense of dread
ADV. absolutely I've got to go and tell the headmaster tomorrow and I'm absolutely dreading it! | rather | always He had always dreaded being singled out.