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dawn

noun

1 dawn

The first light of day:
— We got up before dawn.

synonyms: aurora, break of day, break of the day, cockcrow, dawning, daybreak, dayspring, first light, morning, sunrise ... show more.

Roget 490: knowledge; cognizance, cognition, cognoscence; acquaintance, experience, ken [Scot.], privity, insight, familiarity; comprehension, apprehension; recognition; appreciation ... show more

Roget 125: morning, morn, forenoon, a.   m., prime, dawn, daybreak; dayspring, foreday, sunup; peep of day, break of day; aurora; first blush of the morning, ... show more

Roget 66: beginning, commencement, opening, outset, incipience, inception, inchoation; introduction etc. (precursor) 64; alpha, initial; inauguration, ... show more

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more

Roget 422: dimness etc. adj.; darkness etc. 421; paleness etc. (light color) 429.    half light, demi-jour; partial shadow, ... show more

Dutch: morgenrood, hanegekraai, aanbreken van de dag, zonsopgang, aurora, dageraad, morgen, morgenkrieken, morgenlicht, morgenstond ... show more
Polish: świt, świtanie, wschód, zaranie



2 dawn

The earliest period:
— The dawn of civilization.

synonym: morning.

Polish: wzejście

3 dawn

An opening time period.

Dutch: dageraad, ochtendschemering

verb

1 dawn

Become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions:
— It dawned on him that she had betrayed him.

synonyms: click, come home, fall into place, get across, get through, penetrate, sink in.

Roget 116: precede, come before; forerun; go before etc. (lead) 280; preexist; dawn; presage etc. 511; herald, usher in.    ... show more

Roget 66: begin, start, commence; conceive, open, dawn, set in, take its rise, enter upon, enter; set out etc. (depart) ... show more

2 dawn

Appear or develop.

Dutch: aanbreken, aankondigen, dagen, komen, rijzen

3 dawn

Become light.

Dutch: dagen, lichten


Moby thesaurus: A, advent, alpha, antemeridian, appear, appearance, arise, arrival, arrive, aurora, auroral, awakening, begin, beginning, birth, blast-off, break, break of day, brighten, brightening ... show more.

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