dawn on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theydawn on
he/she/itdawns on
present participledawning on
past tensedawned on
past participledawned on
  1. dawn on someone if something dawns on you, you realize it for the first time

    It was several months before the truth finally dawned on me.

    it dawns on someone that:

    Little by little it dawned on Archie that his wife was not coming back.

See also main entry: dawn