Any single word that means "not to look forward to"? Like "dread" but not as strong, or "dislike" but for something that hasn"t happened yet? "She came to _____ the two weeks of a major tournament."

Thanks for all the thought. What a great site. The context, which I should have made clearer, is that she doesn"t look forward to a major tournament because she doesn"t like tennis and her brother wants to watch every minute of it. The tone should be slightly amusing. "His sister, not yet a tennis player, came to ___ the two weeks of a major tournament." In this context, I think something like

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"Apprehensive"1 or "Apprehend"2 may be the word you"re looking for.

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E.g. She was apprehensive about the next two weeks of the tournament.

Or "She became/came to be apprehensive about the coming weeks of the tournament"

Alternatively, "She came to apprehend the two weeks of a major tournament"

Though I tend to generally avoid the use of the word in this form as it can easily be misunderstood as the verb of a different definition

Adjective meaning to feel uneasy, anxious or fearful about something.


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I would say that the antonym of look forward to would be have reservations about:

She came to have reservations about the two weeks of a major tournament.

From Merriam-Webster"s definition of reservation:

2 b : DOUBT, MISGIVING // had serious reservations about marriage

Of course, have misgivings about could also be used.

If you need a single word, then:

She came to question the two weeks of a major tournament. OR She came to doubt the two weeks of a major tournament.


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Consider anxious:

Feeling or showing worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. ‘she was extremely anxious about her exams’ ‘an anxious look’ Oxford Living Dictionaries

For your usage:

She was anxious during the two weeks before a major tournament.


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Regret< ri-gret >

verb (used with object), re·gret·ted, re·gret·ting.

1) to feel sorrow or remorse for (an act, fault, disappointment, etc.): He no sooner spoke than he regretted it.

Source: Dictionary.com

"His sister, not yet a tennis player, would come to regret the two weeks of a major tournament."


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foreboding (Cambridge Dictionary)

a feeling that something very bad is going to happen soon

She had a strange foreboding about the next two weeks of the tournament.


I would recommend "despair".

According to Merriam-Webster"s Dictionary (https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/despair):

despair

intransitive verb

: to lose all hope or confidence

despair of winning

transitive verb

obsolete : to lose hope for


Reluctance< ri-luhk-tuh ns >

oun

1) unwillingness; disinclination.

Source: Dictionary.com

———-

reluctant< ri-luhk-tuhnt >

adjective

1) unwilling; disinclined:

Source: Dictionary.com

“His sister, not yet a tennis player, is reluctant about the two weeks of a major tournament."

“His sister is reluctant about the two weeks of a major tournament because she is not yet a tennis pgreat ."

“His sister’s reluctance about the two weeks of a major tournament is because she is not yet a tennis pgreat ."


Reticent< ret-uh-suhnt >

adjective

1) disposed to be silent or not to speak freely; reserved.  2) reluctant or restrained.

Source: Dictionary.com

See also reticence


She came to be apathetic to the next two weeks of her tournament.

Apathetic means having or showing no interest about a thing which is going to happen.

Here is the link.

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/piersonforcongress.com/apathetic.

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worry

I was first going to suggest fear, but that"s almost as far along the spectrum as dread.

Edited to add the (pretty obvious, I must say) about because of downvotes. It works:

"She came to worry about the two weeks of a major tournament."
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