- daybreak; dawn.
- beginning; start: the dawning of the space age.
Origin of dawning
- 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.
Origin of dawn
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Examples from the Web for dawning
I think this realization is dawning on much of the media as well.Elijah Cummings Fights Back
June 14, 2013
But perhaps, just perhaps, we are starting to see a dawning unease among politicians of both parties.Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich's Hypocrisy on Super PACs
December 21, 2011
Suddenly it is dawning on everyone, including members of Congress, just how much power Facebook is amassing.Facebook Woos Washington
April 20, 2011
From the dawning of silent films, moviemakers have turned to books for grist.The 5 Best Novels on Hollywood
March 6, 2010
And yet in an interview, Krikorian, too, seems oddly sanguine about the dawning of the Obama era.Obama's Next Battle
December 20, 2009
The first dawning of genuine love—the fervour of adoration, all were fled.Gomez Arias
Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso
Artois was conscious of a dawning hostility in the Marchesino.
What would be the result upon her and upon her dawning gift?
The dawning intellect of her began to grasp already the nobility of work.
And first Aristophanes drops, and then, as the day is dawning, Agathon.Symposium
- daybreak; sunriseRelated 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)
Word Origin and History for dawning
1590s, from 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.