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dawn

verb \ ˈdȯn , ˈdän \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of dawn

intransitive verb
1 : to begin to grow light as the sun rises
  • waited for the day to dawn
2 : to begin to appear or develop
  • a new era is dawning
3 : to begin to be perceived or understood
  • the truth finally dawned on us

Examples of dawn in a Sentence

  1. They waited for the day to dawn.

  2. A new age is dawning.

Recent Examples of dawn from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dawn

Middle English, probably back-formation from dawning daybreak, alteration of dawing, from Old English dagung, from dagian — see 1daw


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dawn

noun

Definition of dawn

1 : the first appearance of light in the morning followed by sunrise
  • danced till dawn
  • at the crack of dawn
  • Almost before the first faint sign of dawn appeared she arose again …
  • —Thomas Hardy
2 : beginning
  • the dawn of the space age

Examples of dawn in a Sentence

  1. as dawn breaks over the city

  2. Winter brings late dawns and early sunsets.

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Origin and Etymology of dawn

see 1dawn



DAWN Defined for English Language Learners

dawn

verb

Definition of dawn for English Language Learners

  • : to begin to become light as the sun rises

  • : to start or begin

  • : to begin to be understood


dawn

noun

Definition of dawn for English Language Learners

  • : the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear

  • : the beginning of something


DAWN Defined for Kids

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dawn

verb \ ˈdȯn \

Definition of dawn for Students

dawned; dawning
1 : to begin to grow light as the sun rises
  • Morning dawned bright and clear.
2 : to start becoming plain or clear
  • It dawned on us that we were lost.

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dawn

noun

Definition of dawn for Students

1 : the time when the sun comes up in the morning
2 : a first appearance : beginning
  • Early rockets marked the dawn of the space age.


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