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dawn

[ dawn ]
/ dɔn /
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noun
the first appearance of daylight in the morning: Dawn broke over the valley.
the beginning or rise of anything; advent: the dawn of civilization.
verb (used without object)
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.
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Origin of dawn

before 1150; Middle English dawen (v.), Old English dagian, derivative of dægday; akin to Old Norse daga,Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dagen,Old High German tagēn

OTHER WORDS FROM dawn

dawnlike, adjectiveun·dawned, adjective

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Dawn
[ dawn ]
/ dɔn /

noun
a female given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for dawn

dawn
/ (dɔːn) /

noun
daybreak; sunriseRelated adjective: auroral
the sky when light first appears in the morning
the beginning of something
verb (intr)
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)

Derived forms of dawn

dawnlike, adjective

Word Origin for dawn

Old English dagian to dawn; see day
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