Dawn Dawn (d[add]n), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Dawned} (d[add]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Dawning}.] [OE. dawnen, dawen, dagen, daien, AS. dagian to become day, to dawn, fr. d[ae]g day; akin to D. dagen, G. tagen, Icel. daga, Dan. dages, Sw. dagas. See {Day}. [root]71.] 1. To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

2. To began to give promise; to begin to appear or to expand. ``In dawning youth.'' --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

When life awakes, and dawns at every line. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid. --Heber, [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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