Dawn (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Dawned (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Dawning.] [OE. dawnen, dawen, dagen, daien, AS. dagian to become day, to dawn, fr. daeg day; akin to D. dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas. See Day. 71.]


To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns.

In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene . . . to see the sepulcher. Matt. xxviii. 1.


To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand.

"In dawning youth."


When life awakes, and dawns at every line. Pope.

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid. Heber,


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Dawn, n.


The break of day; the first appeareance of light in the morning; show of approaching sunrise.

And oft at dawn, deep noon, or falling eve. Thomson.

No sun, no moon, no morn, no noon, No dawn, no dusk, no proper time of day. Hood.


First opening or expansion; first appearance; beginning; rise.

"The dawn of time."


These tender circumstances diffuse a dawn of serenity over the soul. Pope.


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