how to pronounce dread


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dread is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of dread in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… communicating his anxiety and dread with …”

meanings of dread


  1. Reverential or respectful fear; awe.
  2. Fury; dreadfulness.
  3. Great fear in view of impending evil; fearful apprehension of danger; anticipatory terror.
  4. Somebody or something dreaded.
  5. Dreadlock.
  6. A Rastafarian.
  7. A person highly revered.


  1. To anticipate with fear.
  2. To be in dread, or great fear.
  3. To style (the hair) into dreadlocks.
  4. To fear greatly.


  1. Terrible; greatly feared.
  2. Awe-inspiring; held in fearful awe.

dread frequency in english - C1 level of CEFR

the word dread occurs in english on average 7.8 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics dread can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that dread can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to dread


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