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Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
dawn (verb)
intransitive verb
1.
to begin to grow light as the sun rises
2.
to begin to appear or develop
3.
to begin to be perceived or understood - the truth finally dawned on us
dawn (noun)
1.
the first appearance of light in the morning followed by sunrise
2.
- beginning the dawn of the space age
Merriam-Webster Online Thesaurus
dawn (noun)
1.
the first appearance of light in the morning or the time of its appearance
SYNONIMS:
aurora, cockcrow, dawning, day, daybreak, daylight, light, morn, morning, sun, sunrise, sunup
RELATED WORDS:
daytime; forenoon
NEAR ANTONYMS:
dark, darkness, midnight, night, nighttime; afternoon, midday; dusk, evening, eventide, gloaming, twilight
nightfall, sundown, sunset
dawn (noun)
2.
the point at which something begins
SYNONIMS:
alpha, baseline, birth, commencement, dawn, day one, genesis, get-go ( git-go), inception, incipience, incipiency, kickoff, launch, morning, nascence, nascency, onset, outset, start, threshold
RELATED WORDS:
drawing board, first base, ground zero, square one; creation, founding, inauguration, initiation, institution, origination; cradle, fountain, fountainhead, germ, origin, root, seedbed, source, spring, well, wellspring; dawning, opening; advent, appearance, arrival, debut ( début), emergence; childhood, infancy, youth
NEAR ANTONYMS:
cessation, closing, closure, completion, finale, finish, period, stop, termination, windup
close, conclusion, end, ending, omega
dawn (verb)
to come into existence
SYNONIMS:
actualize, appear, arise, break, commence, dawn, engender, form, materialize, originate, set in, spring, start
RELATED WORDS:
be, breathe, exist, live, subsist; arrive, come on, emerge; coalesce, cohere, shape (up); continue, endure, last, persist, survive
NEAR ANTONYMS:
conclude, desist, discontinue, finish, halt, quit, terminate; disappear, dissolve, evaporate, vanish; depart, die, expire, pass away, perish
cease, end, stop
dawn (verb)
to enter the mind of
SYNONIMS:
come (to), cross, dawn (on), strike
RELATED WORDS:
recall, recollect, remember, reminisce; con, learn, memorize; appear, arrive, emerge, materialize
NEAR ANTONYMS:
forget, unlearn; disregard, ignore, neglect, overlook
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