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Definition 1: the earliest period - [noun denoting event]

Samples where dawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the dawn of civilization
  • the morning of the world

Synonyms for dawn in the sense of this definition

(dawn is a kind of ...) the beginning of anything

"it was off to a good start"

Definition 2: the first light of day - [noun denoting time]

Samples where dawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we got up before dawn
  • they talked until morning

Synonyms for dawn in the sense of this definition

(dawn is a kind of ...) clock time

"the hour is getting late"

Definition 3: an opening time period - [noun denoting time]

Samples where dawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • it was the dawn of the Roman Empire

(dawn is a kind of ...) an amount of time

"a time period of 30 years" "hastened the period of time of his recovery" "Picasso's blue period"

(dawn is used in the usage domain ...) language used in a figurative or nonliteral sense

Definition 4: become light - [verb of change]

Samples where dawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • It started to dawn, and we had to get up

(dawn is a kind of ...) undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature

"She changed completely as she grew older" "The weather changed last night"

Definition 5: become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions - [verb of cognition]

Samples where dawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • It dawned on him that she had betrayed him
  • she was penetrated with sorrow

Synonyms for dawn in the sense of this definition

(dawn causes ...) know and comprehend the nature or meaning of

"She did not understand her husband" "I understand what she means"

Definition 6: appear or develop - [verb of stative]

Samples where dawn or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The age of computers had dawned

(dawn is a kind of ...) have a beginning, in a temporal, spatial, or evaluative sense

"The DMZ begins right over the hill" "The second movement begins after the Allegro" "Prices for these homes start at $250,000"

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