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verb [intransitive] British English pronunciation: dawn /dɔːn/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participledawning
past tensedawned
past participledawned
  1. 1
    if a day or morning dawns, it begins to get light

    The big day dawned with a howling wind and heavy rain.

  2. 2
    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.

  3. 3
    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.

phrasal verbs

This is the British English definition of dawn. View American English definition of dawn