AskDefine | Define dawn

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1 the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning" [syn: dawning, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow] [ant: sunset]
2 the earliest period; "the dawn of civilization"; "the morning of the world" [syn: morning]
3 an opening time period; "it was the dawn of the Roman Empire"


1 become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions; "It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"; "she was penetrated with sorrow" [syn: click, get through, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place]
2 appear or develop; "The age of computers had dawned"
3 become light; "It started to dawn, and we had to get up"

User Contributed Dictionary

see Dawn



back-form dawning Ultimately related to , ‘day’.



  1. To begin to brighten with daylight.
    Before a new day dawns.
  2. To start to appear or be realized.
    I don’t want to be there when the truth dawns.

Derived terms


begin to brighten with daylight
start to appear, be realized


  1. The morning twilight period immediately before sunrise.
  2. The rising of the sun.
  3. The time when the sun rises.
    She rose before dawn to meet the train.
  4. The beginning.
    The dawn of civilisation.


Related terms


rising of the sun
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese: 拂晓 (fúxiǎo)
  • Dutch: dageraad, opgang
  • French: aube
  • German: Dämmerung
  • Hebrew: שחר
  • Hungarian: hajnal
  • Italian: albori, schiudersi
  • Korean: 새벽 (saebyeok)
  • Russian: заря
  • Serbian: svanuće, svitanje
  • Swedish: gryning

Extensive Definition

dawn in Arabic: فجر
dawn in Catalan: Alba (Dia)
dawn in Spanish: Madrugada
dawn in Esperanto: Sunleviĝo
dawn in French: Aube (temps)
dawn in Scottish Gaelic: Beul-an-latha
dawn in Galician: Amañecer
dawn in Indonesian: Fajar
dawn in Italian: Alba (giorno)
dawn in Hebrew: שחר (זמן)
dawn in Latin: Aurora
dawn in Lithuanian: Aušra
dawn in Malayalam: പുലരി
dawn in Dutch: Dageraad
dawn in Japanese: 明け方
dawn in Polish: Brzask (wierzenia)
dawn in Portuguese: Madrugada
dawn in Romanian: Auroră
dawn in Russian: Рассвет
dawn in Slovak: Úsvit
dawn in Swedish: Gryning
dawn in Ukrainian: Світанок
dawn in Contenese: 天曚光
dawn in Samogitian: Aušra
dawn in Chinese: 拂晓

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

A, advent, alpha, antemeridian, appear, appearance, arise, arrival, arrive, aurora, auroral, awakening, begin, beginning, birth, blast-off, break, break of day, brighten, brightening, broad day, chanticleer, cockcrow, cocklight, come to mind, commence, commencement, crack of dawn, creation, cutting edge, dawning, day, day glow, day-peep, daybreak, daylight, dayshine, dayspring, daytide, daytime, develop, dusk, edge, emerge, emergence, establishment, first brightening, first light, flying start, foundation, fresh start, full sun, genesis, gleam, green flash, grow bright, grow light, inauguration, inception, institution, jump-off, kick-off, leading edge, light, light of day, lighten, matin, matinal, matutinal, midday sun, morn, morning, new departure, noonlight, noontide light, occur to, oncoming, onset, opening, origin, originate, origination, outbreak, outset, outstart, peep of day, prime, ray of sunshine, rise, running start, send-off, setting in motion, setting-up, shine, square one, start, start-off, starting point, sun spark, sunbeam, sunbreak, sunburst, sunlight, sunrise, sunshine, sunup, take-off, twilight, unfold, vestibule of Day
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