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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.


Synonymsmorning


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


Causeunderstand

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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