dawn Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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 us   /dɔn, dɑn/
the ​period in the ​day when ​light from the ​sunbegins to ​appear in the ​sky: [U] fig. Computers ​mark the dawn of a new ​age.

dawnverb [I]

 /dɔn, dɑn/
(of a ​day or ​period of ​time) to ​begin: Winston ​left his ​house as the ​day was dawning.
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(Definition of dawn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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dawnnoun [C or U]

uk   /dɔːn/  us   /dɑːn/
B2 the ​period in the ​day when ​light from the ​sunbegins 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 ​Europeanhistory.from dawn to dusk from early ​morning until ​night: We ​worked from dawn to ​dusk, seven ​days a ​week.
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dawnverb [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 ​personalcomputerera was dawning.

dawn verb [I] (BECOME KNOWN)

mainly UK to ​becomeknown or ​obvious: Gradually the ​truth about him dawned. [+ that] Iteventually dawned that he wouldn't be coming back.
noun [S]
the dawning of the ​digitalage
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(Definition of dawn from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “dawn”
in Korean 새벽…
in Arabic فَجْر…
in Malaysian permulaan…
in French poindre…
in Russian рассвет…
in Chinese (Traditional) 拂曉,破曉,黎明…
in Italian alba…
in Turkish şafak vakti, seher vakti…
in Polish świt…
in Spanish amanecer…
in Vietnamese bình minh…
in Portuguese amanhecer…
in Thai เริ่มขึ้น…
in German dämmern…
in Catalan alba…
in Japanese 夜明け…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拂晓,破晓,黎明…
in Indonesian mulai muncul…
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