the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley.
the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of civilization.
to begin to grow light in the morning: The day dawned with a cloudless sky.
to begin to open or develop.
to begin to be perceived (usually followed by on): The idea dawned on him.
- dawnlike, adjective
- un·dawned, adjective
Other definitions for Dawn (2 of 2)
a female given name.
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How to use dawn in a sentence
When the voice assistant was released six years ago, it represented the dawn of a new kind of relationship with personal technology.
Once worn by most women in indigenous communities across the region, these “111” tattoos had all but vanished by the dawn of the millennium like many local symbols and traditions, thanks to centuries of cultural extermination.
“We are witnessing the dawn of a new age,” HP CEO Enrique Lores said at the company’s Reinvent conference this year.HP’s CEO on how the pandemic is accelerating change in technology and business | McKenna Moore | October 13, 2020 | Fortune
The paper shows that by fully exploring the potential of chemicals that could plausibly have existed at the dawn of life, “you can uncover things that would not have been obvious if you had this narrow view of what you think should have occurred.”New Clues to Chemical Origins of Metabolism at Dawn of Life | John Rennie | October 12, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
It took workers until shortly before dawn the next day to retrieve Taylor’s body.Oil Companies Are Profiting From Illegal Spills. And California Lets Them. | by Janet Wilson, The Desert Sun, and Lylla Younes, ProPublica | September 18, 2020 | ProPublica
Shortly after dawn, there was another outbreak of deadly force.
Andy Serkis, dawn of the Planet of the Apes Do you want to be on the wrong side of history, Academy?Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the dream of a new dawn was short lived—at least a democratic one.
Sarah said that she loves, loves, loves the royal couple and had even gotten up before dawn to watch their 2011 wedding.
Emily Kinney told me that Beth and dawn understood and respected each other on a certain level.‘Walking Dead’ Showrunner Scott Gimple Teases ‘Darker, Weirder’ Times Ahead | Melissa Leon | December 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Things looked anxious for a bit, but by this morning's dawn all are dug in, cool, confident.
Will it ever dawn on Mrs. Dodd's mind, that parsons, even married parsons, are but men?The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A certain light was beginning to dawn dimly within her,—the light which, showing the way, forbids it.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
From dawn to breakfast time all hands busy slinging shells—modern war sinews—piles of them—aboard.
Though frightened to death, I refused to part with my reserve and made ready to go and take command of it at break of dawn.
British Dictionary definitions for dawn
daybreak; sunrise: Related adjective: auroral
the sky when light first appears in the morning
the beginning of something
to begin to grow light after the night
to begin to develop, appear, or expand
(usually foll by on or upon) to begin to become apparent (to)
- dawnlike, adjective
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Other Idioms and Phrases with dawn
In addition to the idiom beginning with dawn
- dawn on
- crack of dawn
- light dawned
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