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dawn

noun [C or U] uk   /dɔːn/ us    /dɑːn/
B2 the period in the day when light from the sun begins to appear in the sky: We woke at dawn. We left as dawn was breaking (= starting). We left at the break of dawn.the dawn of sth C1 literary the start of a period of time or the beginning of something new: The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the dawn of a new era in European history.from dawn to dusk from early morning until night: We worked from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
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dawn

verb [I] uk   /dɔːn/ us    /dɑːn/

dawn verb [I] (BEGIN)

If a day or period of time dawns, it begins: He left the house just as the day was dawning. In the late 1970s, the personal computer era was dawning.

dawn verb [I] (BECOME KNOWN)

mainly UK to become known or obvious: Gradually the truth about him dawned. [+ that] It eventually dawned that he wouldn't be coming back.
dawning
noun [S]
the dawning of the digital age
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Translations of “dawn”
in Korean 새벽…
in Arabic فَجْر…
in French poindre…
in Turkish şafak vakti, seher vakti…
in Italian alba…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拂曉,破曉,黎明…
in Russian рассвет…
in Polish świt…
in Spanish amanecer…
in Portuguese amanhecer…
in German dämmern…
in Catalan alba…
in Japanese 夜明け…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拂晓,破晓,黎明…
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