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verb [intransitive] dawn pronunciation in American English /dɔn/
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present tense
present participledawning
past tensedawned
past participledawned
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  1. 1
    if something such as a thought or a feeling dawns, you begin to realize, understand, or feel it
    dawn that: The realization dawned that few of them would survive.
  2. 2
    if a day or morning dawns, it begins to get light
    The big day dawned with a howling wind and heavy rain.
  3. 3
    if something such as a new period in history dawns, it begins
    The camera age was just dawning, and none of us had ever had our pictures taken before.

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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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