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noun [countable/uncountable] dawn pronunciation in American English /dɔn/
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  1. the beginning of the day, when it begins to get light

    I don’t think he went to sleep until dawn.

    at dawn:

    They had decided to leave at dawn.

    dawn breaks (=starts):

    As dawn broke, lines of people began to form at all the border crossings.

    from dawn till dusk (=all day):

    He had worked from dawn till dusk without a break.



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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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