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dawn

[dawn] /dɔn/
noun
1.
the first appearance of daylight in the morning:
Dawn broke over the valley.
2.
the beginning or rise of anything; advent:
the dawn of civilization.
verb (used without object)
3.
to begin to grow light in the morning:
The day dawned with a cloudless sky.
4.
to begin to open or develop.
5.
to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on):
The idea dawned on him.
Origin
1150
before 1150; Middle English dawen (v.), Old English dagian, derivative of dæg day; akin to Old Norse daga, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dagen, Old High German tagēn
Related forms
dawnlike, adjective
undawned, adjective
Synonyms
1. daybreak, sunrise. 5. appear, occur, break.
Antonyms
1. sunset.
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British Dictionary definitions for dawn on

dawn

/dɔːn/
noun
1.
daybreak; sunrise related adjective auroral
2.
the sky when light first appears in the morning
3.
the beginning of something
verb (intransitive)
4.
to begin to grow light after the night
5.
to begin to develop, appear, or expand
6.
usually foll by on or upon. to begin to become apparent (to)
Derived Forms
dawnlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English dagian to dawn; see day
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Word Origin and History for dawn on

dawn

v.

c.1200, dauen, "to dawn, grow light," shortened or back-formed from dauinge, dauing "period between darkness and sunrise," (c.1200), from Old English dagung, from dagian "to become day," from root of dæg "day" (see day). Probably influenced by a Scandinavian word (cf. Danish dagning, Old Norse dagan "a dawning;" cf. also German tagen "to dawn"). Related: Dawned; dawning.

n.

1590s, from dawn (v.).

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Related Abbreviations for dawn on

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Idioms and Phrases with dawn on

dawn on

Also, dawn upon. Become evident or understood, as in It finally dawned on him that he was expected to call them, or Around noon it dawned upon me that I had never eaten breakfast. This expression transfers the beginning of daylight to the beginning of a thought process. Harriet Beecher Stowe had it in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852): “The idea that they had either feelings or rights had never dawned upon her.” [ Mid-1800s ]

dawn

In addition to the idiom beginning with
dawn
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