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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. 23 people were arrested and large quantities of heroin were seized in a dawn raid (= when police officers suddenly enter a building, in an attempt to catch people involved in illegal activities).Days and times of day 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.Beginnings and starts from dawn to dusk from early morning until night: We worked from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.Days and times of day

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. Few people could have predicted the dramatic changes that were to take place .Starting and beginningStarting again

dawn verb [I] (BECOME KNOWN)

to become known or obvious: Gradually the truth about him dawned. [+ that] It eventually dawned that he wouldn't be coming back.Thinking and contemplating
Phrasal verbs
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