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dawn

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verb \ˈdȯn, ˈdän\

Definition of dawn

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to begin to grow light as the sun rises <waited for the day to dawn>

  3. 2 :  to begin to appear or develop <a new era is dawning>

  4. 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.

Origin and Etymology of dawn

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


First Known Use: 15th century


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dawn

noun

Definition of dawn

  1. 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. 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.

Origin and Etymology of dawn

see 1dawn


First Known Use: 15th century



DAWN Defined for English Language Learners

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dawn

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verb \ˈdȯn, ˈdän\

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


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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

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verb \ˈdȯn\

Definition of dawn for Students

dawned

dawning

  1. 1 :  to begin to grow light as the sun rises <Morning dawned bright and clear.>

  2. 2 :  to start becoming plain or clear <It dawned on us that we were lost.>


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dawn

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noun

Definition of dawn for Students

  1. 1 :  the time when the sun comes up in the morning

  2. 2 :  a first appearance :  beginning <Early rockets marked the dawn of the space age.>



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