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Definition of dawn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they dawn
    he / she / it dawns
    past simple dawned
    -ing form dawning
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  1. 1[intransitive] (of a day or a period of time) to begin The following morning dawned bright and warm. A new technological age had dawned.
  2. 2[intransitive] to become obvious or easy to understand Slowly the awful truth dawned.
  3. Idioms
    (the) light dawned (on somebody)
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    someone suddenly understood or began to understand something I puzzled over the problem for ages before the light suddenly dawned.
    Phrasal Verbsdawn on somebody
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dawn