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1 dawn /ˈdɑːn/ noun
plural dawns
1 dawn
plural dawns
Learner's definition of DAWN
: the time of day when sunlight first begins to appear黎明;拂晓;破晓
compare dusk
[count] : the beginning of something开始;开端usually singular通常用单数usually + of
2 dawn /ˈdɑːn/ verb
dawns; dawned; dawning
2 dawn
dawns; dawned; dawning
Learner's definition of DAWN
[no object]
: to begin to become light as the sun rises破晓;(天)刚亮
: to start or begin开始
: to begin to be understood开始被理解
see also light dawns at 1light

dawn on

[phrasal verb]
dawn on (someone)
: to begin to be understood or realized by (someone) for the first time(某人)开始明白,逐渐领悟

— dawning

noun [noncount]


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ˈdȯn How to pronounce dawn (audio)
dawned; dawning; dawns

intransitive verb

: to begin to grow light as the sun rises
waited for the day to dawn
: to begin to appear or develop
a new era is dawning
: to begin to be perceived or understood
the truth finally dawned on us


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: the first appearance of light in the morning followed by sunrise
danced till dawn
at the crack of dawn
Almost before the first faint sign of dawn appeared she arose again … Thomas Hardy
: beginning
the dawn of the space age

Example Sentences

Verb They waited for the day to dawn. A new age is dawning. Noun as dawn breaks over the city Winter brings late dawns and early sunsets.
Recent Examples on the Web
Red Luxury has a vision for the jewelry brand that involves a global presence, already frequented by the celebrities who dawn The M Jewelers style, including Bella Hadid, an international supermodel. Cassell Ferere, Forbes, 14 Aug. 2022 High pressure will clear out any remaining clouds overnight Wednesday, and Thursday should dawn clear and cold. oregonlive, 8 Mar. 2022 Sunday will dawn crisp and chilly with readings in the upper 30s in the suburbs and 40s elsewhere. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The Saints provided a respite from contractors and insurance adjusters, but the week will still dawn with gloom. New York Times, 3 Oct. 2021 And while Biden lacks the ex-President's volcanic character, a new age of friendship with allies did not suddenly dawn with a new leader in the Oval Office. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 21 Sep. 2021 Portland’s first day of September should dawn clear and cool with few, if any, clouds blocking a lovely sunrise. oregonlive, 1 Sep. 2021 Every year, the realization would dawn anew: This fellowship, this constant and present connection, was the high peak. al, 13 Feb. 2021 Tagovailoa’s first start will dawn a new age for the Dolphins, who have long been in pursuit for another franchise quarterback since Hall of Famer Dan Marino retired in 2000. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2020
Church of England parishes were losing members during the dawn of her reign. Frank E. Lockwood, Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2022 Congress is on firm constitutional ground to enact life-protective legislation that remedies state violations of the equal-protection rights of our tiny sisters and brothers at the dawn of their lives. WSJ, 16 Sep. 2022 The exhibit, which runs through April 9, traces a history beginning at the dawn of cinema through the civil rights and Blaxploitation eras. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 12 Sep. 2022 Kemper started playing drums on demos at the studio, but quickly graduated to master recordings at the dawn of the Seventies. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2022 As the company flourished at the dawn of the personal computing era, Seid had started to write a few checks to political groups such as the Republican National Committee. Andy Kroll, ProPublica, 6 Sep. 2022 Every generation has their movie star heartthrob — from Jonathan Taylor Thomas to Brad Pitt in the ’90s and Robert Pattison at the dawn of the Twilight movies. Manori Ravindran, Variety, 2 Sep. 2022 At the dawn of a new season, the remnants of last fall remain. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, 29 Aug. 2022 With the rise of the middle class in the 19th century, along with the dawn of inexpensive cotton, underwear disappeared under Victorian finery. Christina Binkley, Town & Country, 23 Aug. 2022 See More

Word History


Verb and Noun

Middle English, probably back-formation from dawning daybreak, alteration of dawing, from Old English dagung, from dagian — see daw entry 1

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dawn was in the 15th century


1early morning黎明ADJECTIVE | VERB + DAWN | DAWN + VERB | DAWN + NOUN | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEgrey/gray灰濛濛的黎明early清晨VERB + DAWNgreet迎接黎明He always got up to greet the dawn.他總是在拂曉時分起牀,迎接黎明的到來。see, watch觀看黎明DAWN + VERBbreak, come, come up破曉Dawn was breaking over the valley.黎明降臨山谷。DAWN + NOUNlight, sky黎明的曙光;黎明的天空chorus拂曉時的啁啾The dawn chorus (= birds singing) woke Robyn at five.凌晨 5 點,啁啾的鳥鳴聲把羅賓吵醒了。patrol, raid凌晨巡邏;凌晨突擊檢查Ammunition was seized during a dawn raid on the house.在凌晨時份對住戶的突擊搜查行動中繳獲了一批彈藥。PREPOSITIONat dawn在黎明That morning, she rose at dawn.那天早晨,天剛亮她就起牀了。before dawn黎明前by dawn到黎明時till dawn, until dawn直到黎明towards/toward dawn快到黎明時PHRASES(at) the crack of dawn (= as soon as it begins to be light) 破晓時分from dawn to dusk從早到晚He works from dawn to dusk, and often well into the night.他從早到晚地工作,經常一直工作到深夜。


2beginning開始ADJECTIVE | VERB + DAWN | PREPOSITION ADJECTIVEfalse虛幻的曙光This sudden success may prove to be a false dawn (= not the beginning of continued success).這次的突然成功可能只是一線虛幻的曙光。new新的開端VERB + DAWNmark, signal標誌着新的開始This appointment marked the dawn of a productive era in her scientific career.這一任命標誌着她進入了科研生涯的高產階段。see看到曙光We are seeing the dawn of a new era.我們看到了新時代的曙光。PREPOSITIONdawn of⋯的開始the dawn of civilization / history文明/歷史的開始Let's think back to the dawn of time.讓我們從頭回想一下。


1begin開始PHRASESdawn bright, clear, cold, sunny, etc.以晴天、晴朗的早晨、寒冷的早晨、陽光明媚的早晨等開始The day dawned bright and sunny.一大早陽光明媚。


2become clear開始明朗ADVERB | VERB + DAWN | PREPOSITION ADVERBsuddenly突然變得明朗gradually, slowly逐漸清晰起來;慢慢明晰起來It slowly dawned on me that he might have been mistaken.我慢慢明白他可能是弄錯了。eventually, finally最終變得明晰;最後明朗起來VERB + DAWNbegin to開始明朗It was beginning to dawn on her that she had been fooled.她開始明白自己被騙了。PREPOSITIONon讓⋯明白The dreadful truth finally dawned on me.我最終知道了可怕的真相。
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0_0: Translations of dawn
  • # n.
    薄明: dawn, daybreak, day spring
    晨: dawn, daybreak, day spring, morning
    旦: dawn, day, daybreak, day spring, morning
    昉: dawn, daybreak, day spring
    拂曉: dawn, dawning, daybreak, day spring, sunrise
    黎明: dawn, daybreak, day spring, sunrise, twilight
    破曉: dawn, daybreak, daylight, day spring
    霞: afterglow, dawn, daybreak, day spring, red cloud
    曉: dawn, daybreak, day spring
    昕: dawn, daybreak, day spring
    旴: dawn, daybreak, day spring
    旭: dawn, daybreak, day spring, rising sun
  • # v.
    開始現生: dawn
    破曉: dawn

0_0: Definitions of dawn
  • # noun.
    - the first appearance of light in the sky before sunrise.
    * the rose-pink light of dawn
    - the beginning of a phenomenon or period of time, especially one considered favorable.
    * the dawn of civilization
  • # verb.
    - (of a day) begin.
    * Thursday dawned bright and sunny
    - become evident to the mind; be perceived or understood.
    * the awful truth was beginning to dawn on him

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