dawn on

phrasal verb

dawned on; dawning on; dawns on
: to begin to be understood or realized by (someone) for the first time
The solution finally dawned on him.
It suddenly dawned on me that I hadn't eaten all day.
It began to dawn on her that she was lost.

Examples of dawn on in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Before dawn on Friday, police in riot gear started breaking down tents and arresting students who had been refusing to leave. Tovia Smith, NPR, 10 May 2024 After a two-week trial, a federal jury in November found Boylan committed gross negligence in the deaths of the 33 passengers and one crew member who were trapped in a windowless bunk room when the boat caught fire before dawn on Sept. 2, 2019 off Santa Cruz Island. Christopher Goffard, Los Angeles Times, 2 May 2024 A bit of context: Just before dawn on the seventeenth, dozens of students had fanned out across the east lawn to demand that the university curtail investments in companies with ties to Israel. Nina Berman, The New Yorker, 2 May 2024 The Lyrid meteor shower will peak in 2024 starting late Sunday night on April 21 and last through dawn on Monday April 22. USA TODAY, 21 Apr. 2024 The magnitude of the moment seemed to dawn on Staley as the confetti rained down on her team after another successful season, breaking down in tears as her championship-winning squad celebrated reaching the mountain top yet again. Ben Morse, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 New Jersey State Police arrived at the scene before dawn on Wednesday to secure the area for a team of animal care specialists, who examined the dogs and relocated them to safety, according to Platkin. Joseph P. Smith, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2024 While my mind had been racing with potential next steps moments before, this idea hadn't dawned on me. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2024 Israeli commandos pulled out before dawn on Monday. Lorenzo Tugnoli, Washington Post, 1 Apr. 2024

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“Dawn on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dawn%20on. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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