\ ˈdȯn How to pronounce dawn (audio) , ˈdän \
dawned; dawning; dawns

Definition of dawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



Definition of dawn (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for dawn

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of dawn in a Sentence

Verb They waited for the day to dawn. A new age is dawning. Noun as dawn breaks over the city Winter brings late dawns and early sunsets.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb High pressure will clear out any remaining clouds overnight Wednesday, and Thursday should dawn clear and cold. oregonlive, 8 Mar. 2022 Sunday will dawn crisp and chilly with readings in the upper 30s in the suburbs and 40s elsewhere. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The Saints provided a respite from contractors and insurance adjusters, but the week will still dawn with gloom. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 And while Biden lacks the ex-President's volcanic character, a new age of friendship with allies did not suddenly dawn with a new leader in the Oval Office. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 Portland’s first day of September should dawn clear and cool with few, if any, clouds blocking a lovely sunrise. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 Every year, the realization would dawn anew: This fellowship, this constant and present connection, was the high peak. al, 13 Feb. 2021 Tagovailoa’s first start will dawn a new age for the Dolphins, who have long been in pursuit for another franchise quarterback since Hall of Famer Dan Marino retired in 2000. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2020 The new era would dawn some 40 years after Americans Walter Gilbert and Allan Maxam and Englishman Fred Sanger discovered different methods of reading the information on the double helix. Mark Johnson And Kathleen Gallagher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 18 Dec. 2010 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though Roblox was founded at the dawn of social media, Messing—the former Walmart CMO—is helping the brand rapidly take the lead as one of the most popular virtual worlds. Seth Matlins, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 Roberts gamely plays her as an old-fashioned southern matriarch unleashed at the dawn of our age of paranoia. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Youth, like hope, seemingly springs eternal at the dawn of a new season. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2022 Two powerhouse singers who got their start at the dawn of the new millennium will bring their award-winning chops to the Hard Rock Live in Gary. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, 6 Apr. 2022 At risk are also relics of the past such as the splendid Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, founded in the 11th century, at the dawn of the medieval principality of Kievan Rus', to which both Ukraine and Russia have since traced their origins. Cristina Florea, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 Some of the patches — a must for any countercultural denim apparel at the dawn of the '70s — are remnants of his political activities. Jordan Runtagh, PEOPLE.com, 4 Apr. 2022 Astronomers have discovered the farthest star yet, a super-hot, super-bright giant that formed nearly 13 billion years ago at the dawn of the cosmos. Marcia Dunn, orlandosentinel.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Over the past century, Russia has produced most of the world’s outstanding pianists, from Rachmaninov and Horowitz at the dawn of recording to Daniil Trifonov and Igor Levit right now. Norman Lebrecht, WSJ, 1 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dawn


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dawn

Verb and Noun

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

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“Dawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dawn. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈdȯn How to pronounce dawn (audio) \
dawned; dawning

Kids Definition of dawn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of dawn (Entry 2 of 2)

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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