dawn

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verb

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

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

dawn

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noun

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

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Example Sentences

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
Red Luxury has a vision for the jewelry brand that involves a global presence, already frequented by the celebrities who dawn The M Jewelers style, including Bella Hadid, an international supermodel. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 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
Noun
Church of England parishes were losing members during the dawn of her reign. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2022 Congress is on firm constitutional ground to enact life-protective legislation that remedies state violations of the equal-protection rights of our tiny sisters and brothers at the dawn of their lives. WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The exhibit, which runs through April 9, traces a history beginning at the dawn of cinema through the civil rights and Blaxploitation eras. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Kemper started playing drums on demos at the studio, but quickly graduated to master recordings at the dawn of the Seventies. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2022 As the company flourished at the dawn of the personal computing era, Seid had started to write a few checks to political groups such as the Republican National Committee. Andy Kroll, ProPublica, 6 Sep. 2022 Every generation has their movie star heartthrob — from Jonathan Taylor Thomas to Brad Pitt in the ’90s and Robert Pattison at the dawn of the Twilight movies. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 2 Sep. 2022 At the dawn of a new season, the remnants of last fall remain. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2022 With the rise of the middle class in the 19th century, along with the dawn of inexpensive cotton, underwear disappeared under Victorian finery. Christina Binkley, Town & Country, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

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

First Known Use

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dawn was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dawn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dawn. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

dawn 1 of 2

verb

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.

dawn

2 of 2

noun

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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