SYNONYMS | EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN 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. Origin of dawn before 1150; Middle English dawen
Old English dagian,
; akin to
Old Norse daga, Middle Dutch, Middle Low German dagen, Old High German tagēn Related forms dawn·like, adjective un·dawned, adjective
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Examples from the Web for dawnlike Historical Examples of dawnlike British Dictionary definitions for dawnlike noun daybreak; sunrise Related 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 dawnlike, adjective Word Origin for dawn
dagian to dawn; see day
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Word Origin and History for dawnlike v.
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.
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Idioms and Phrases with dawnlike
In addition to the idiom beginning with
crack of dawn light dawned
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