"dreads" in the noun sense
1. apprehension, apprehensiveness, dread
fearful expectation or anticipation
"the student looked around the examination room with apprehension"
"dreads" in the verb sense
1. fear, dread
be afraid or scared of be frightened of
"I fear the winters in Moscow"
"We should not fear the Communists!"
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