day·​break | \ ˈdā-ˌbrāk How to pronounce daybreak (audio) \

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Examples of daybreak in a Sentence

I always seem to wake up at daybreak, regardless of what the clock says.
Recent Examples on the Web Confidence: Medium Monday showers taper off fairly quickly, perhaps even by daybreak. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Mild and dry until late weekend rain showers," 26 Dec. 2019 But a reconstruction of what started as an unremarkable summer Thursday reveals that even before daybreak, anxiety was coursing through the White House about a coming phone call that didn’t appear on the president’s public schedule. Nancy Benac, The Denver Post, "What happened on July 25, the day Trump asked Zelenskiy for a favor," 30 Nov. 2019 Its impact could be felt up to 30 miles away, and toxic plumes could be seen for miles by daybreak. Greg Hanlon,, "Texas Chemical Plant Explosions Force Tens of Thousands to Evacuate Before Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 Growing up, when other kids went on summer break, Stewart woke before daybreak to ride trucks through the streets of St. Paul and empty garbage carts. Frederick Melo, Twin Cities, "Talking trash with a third-generation St. Paul hauler weighing in on the city’s Nov. 5 ballot referendum," 12 Oct. 2019 By daybreak, police had cleared the streets of barriers set up by protesters to snarl traffic in the Asian financial center, and only a few groups in the mostly youthful crowd remained. Raf Wober,, "Hong Kong protesters end blockade of police headquarters," 22 June 2019 The risky recovery operation, which began at daybreak, required the team of six men and two women to wear special clothing and breathing gear as protection from toxic and deadly gases, according to Police Commissioner Mike Bush. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "2 bodies still missing from volcano eruption off New Zealand that killed 16 people," 13 Dec. 2019 At daybreak, protesters remained in control of most of the campus. Ken Moritsugu,, "Hong Kong police tighten siege on protesters at university campus," 18 Nov. 2019 At daybreak, protesters remained in control of most of the campus. Ken Moritsugu, Anchorage Daily News, "Protesters try to leave Hong Kong campus but avoid arrest," 18 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of daybreak

1530, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of daybreak was in 1530

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7 Jan 2020

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“Daybreak.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of daybreak

: the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear


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