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English noun: dawn

1. dawn (time) the first light of day

SamplesWe got up before dawn.
They talked until morning.

Synonymsaurora, break of day, break of the day, cockcrow, dawning, daybreak, dayspring, first light, morning, sunrise, sunup

Broader (hypernym)hour, time of day

Antonymssundown, sunset

2. dawn (event) the earliest period

SamplesThe dawn of civilization.
The morning of the world.


Broader (hypernym)start

3. dawn (time) an opening time period

SamplesIt was the dawn of the Roman Empire.

Broader (hypernym)period, period of time, time period

Domain usagefigure, figure of speech, image, trope

English verb: dawn

1. dawn (cognition) become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions

SamplesIt dawned on him that she had betrayed him.
She was penetrated with sorrow.

Synonymsclick, come home, fall into place, get across, get through, penetrate, sink in

Pattern of useSomething ----s


2. dawn (stative) appear or develop

SamplesThe age of computers had dawned.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)begin, start

3. dawn (change) become light

SamplesIt started to dawn, and we had to get up.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

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