Pronunciation: (dred),[key] —v.t. 1. to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of: to dread death. 2. to be reluctant to do, meet, or experience: I dread going to big parties. 3. Archaic.to hold in respectful awe.
—v.i. to be in great fear.
—n. 1. terror or apprehension as to something in the future; great fear.
2. a person or thing dreaded.
3. Archaic.deep awe or reverence.
—adj. 1. greatly feared; frightful; terrible.
2. held in awe or reverential fear.