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dawn



I. noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
dawn chorus
dawn raid
false dawn
The ceasefire turned out to be another false dawn.
the dawn/dawning of a new era (=the time when something important first begins)
The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the dawn of a new era in Europe.
the dawn/dawning of a new era (=the time when something important first begins)
The fall of the Berlin Wall marked the dawn of a new era in Europe.
the morning/dawn light
The flowers glowed brightly in the morning light.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
ADJECTIVE
cold
The Mallaig train pulled away from the Clyde valley, leaving the haze-softened lights of Dumbarton paling in a cold February dawn.
In the cold light of dawn, of course, it was easy to analyse the evening.
Yet enchantment it was, he knew, by the cold light of dawn.
Or perhaps the head asleep on the pillow is revealed as something less enticing in the cold light of dawn.
early
She woke in the early dawn and peered around her blearily through the heavy mist that filled the wood.
From it in the early dawn two young men came and stealthily found their way to the temple.
When he woke up, stiff and uncomfortable, the early summer dawn was lighting the room.
We climbed clumsily past Lake Samiti, its dark waters reflecting peaks already shining in their early dawn.
The captain has promised to reach the coastline by early dawn and follow it down to the sea.
She must be riddled, her warm juices all spilled for looking upwards too early into the dawn, leafy with parachutes.
It is early morning and dawn has crept over the land with the suddenness characteristic of summer.
false
The global fund in all probability will prove to be another false dawn for the poor.
Tracers lit up the fog like a false dawn.
It was a false dawn, replaced soon after by a now starless night that was blacker than the previous hours.
The woman is much more emotionally exposed to the disappointments and false dawns.
That proved to be a false dawn, as Moravcik's replacement, McNamara, was the one who scored.
But we must beware of overconfidence - we have had false dawns before!
grey
Even in these grey hours before dawn, he continued her master.
Waking with a start, she lay in the grey half-light of dawn, wondering where she was.
They left the prison building in the grey light of dawn.
Both had taken quite a beating by the time the first grey flickers of dawn filtered in.
Was it already streaked with the first faint grey fingers of dawn?
new
Small wonder then that yesterday's new dawn was greeted with scepticism at the chalk face.
Everyone knew Gary Lineker was saying farewell to international football and a new dawn was beckoning.
The prospect of liberation rose like a new dawn before Polly's eyes.
So there could be reason to think his administration would bring a new dawn for local democracy.
Maybe the age of leisure will turn out to be a brief and unsustainable interlude rather than a new dawn after all.
That is how I see the Nineties as a possible new dawn.
Topaz Brown, alas, did not live to see that new dawn.
The new dawn: Cuisine 2000 in its first month of service, August 1985, on to Euston-Manchester run.
NOUN
break
One such dawn breaks at Ocean Beach and the swell is up.
chorus
Few people have not woken to the sounds of the dawn chorus nor seen moths drawn to artificial lights as daylight fades.
Having heard the evening chorus, I want to hear the dawn chorus as well.
So do the birds that form the dawn chorus at Wayland.
When I wake early to the dawn chorus, I turn my face into my pillow, hoping to prolong the dream.
In woodland we stood and listened to the vociferous dawn chorus.
The first birds were waking; the dawn chorus began.
Day Six: With a salute from the dawn chorus, your cruiser leaves at 6.30am and heads back to Cologne.
day
This room is kept firmly locked until Christmas Day dawns, so mischievous fingers can't hide the baubles.
light
As I looked round in the pale dawn light, a piece of paper caught my eye.
And now, Mavis stood barefooted on the beach, looking at the moody grey sea in the dawn light.
Now, in the reluctant dawn light, he stood eyeing the carriage and rubbing his grizzled chin.
The dawn light filtered through the half-closed curtains.
raid
Almost his first action was a post-election dawn raid in July 1983 on departmental budgets.
A dawn raid by about 200 heavily armed law officers bagged more than 30 members and associates of the white-supremacist prison gang.
Read in studio Police have arrested twelve people, including a solicitor's clerk, in dawn raids.
In any other part of the country, police would have apprehended the drug dealers in a series of dawn raids.
The primary purpose of the SARs is to restrict the swift build-up of substantial stakes in a target company by dawn raids.
Seven pistols were discovered under a bed in a dawn raid on a flat.
They also recovered some stolen ammunition during a dawn raid on this flat in Notting Hill.
The dawn raids happened less than a day after a Detective Sergeant was shot with a machine gun in Kent.
VERB
arrive
She'd been counting on rescue services arriving with the dawn, but maybe they wouldn't be coming after all.
begin
The starlings' daily routine in the Park begins at dawn.
come
Often, he came home exhausted at dawn and slept the whole of the day away.
The excitement left with the coming of dawn, and I suddenly felt wrung out.
They came again at dawn, silently through the rocks with their bodies mud-streaked and branches of mesquite in their headbands.
The darkness came dawn now, and inside this dark were people who could kill you.
It will only come closer around dawn.
greet
In more or less recognizable weather, more or less recognizable birds are greeting the dawn.
Again and again he played back the recording made when TMA-1 greeted the dawn for the first time in three million years.
Ari held Nathan's hand as everyone greeted the dawn of the Solstice Day.
Then the barricaded rebels of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement greet the dawn with militant anthems and defiant chants.
leave
It was the first time she had left him before dawn.
They left the inn before dawn, crossed a wide river by a stone bridge, and continued east.
rise
The prospect of liberation rose like a new dawn before Polly's eyes.
When they rise at dawn and in the twilight people should not be abroad, but at their prayers indoors.
Then rising like dawn from the mist, the pain was utterly and entirely real.
I had risen soon after dawn, as was my habit, and went walking across the rolling hilltops above the house.
Our grandmothers grew up in the days when women rose at dawn, laid the sticks and lit the fire.
One morning she rose at dawn and climbed Ballymacadoyle Hill, behind the fort.
wake
She woke in the early dawn and peered around her blearily through the heavy mist that filled the wood.
Billy woke up at dawn on that day in January.
On the farm the animals wake at dawn.
When I wake early to the dawn chorus, I turn my face into my pillow, hoping to prolong the dream.
His resolve ends when again he wakes at dawn with prophetic words in his ears.
Since most babies wake at dawn, parents will find it is a time when babies are most playful and alert.
All taught her how it felt to wake up at dawn and decide what to do with the day.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
the crack of dawn
They both had to get up at the crack of dawn the next morning.
Crowing begins at or just before the crack of dawn -- as my neighbours will testify.
Farmers are often away at the crack of dawn.
Get up at the crack of dawn.
He was up at the crack of dawn doing something unspeakable to the turkey, but the kids were up anyway.
She was up at the crack of dawn and often not home until late.
She was up of course, at the crack of dawn and you know, we go eat breakfast and everything so.
We were woken at the crack of dawn by the pitter patter of seagulls as they pecked for their breakfast.
We would come in at the crack of dawn, at 7 a. m. every morning.
the dawn chorus
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
We talked almost until dawn.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
But even at 6: 30 at night, there can be a dawn.
Eck therefore had a whole night's steaming to put himself a hundred miles from the sinking before submerging at dawn.
It had been the hope which had kept her going through the dawn and early morning.
One morning she rose at dawn and climbed Ballymacadoyle Hill, behind the fort.
The cowbird lays her egg at dawn.
There, we spent a night at a Yonchon inn and waited until dawn to make our getaway.
Waking with a start, she lay in the grey half-light of dawn, wondering where she was.
II. verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
ADVERB
before
Sometime just before dawn the next morning, he had a dream.
We got to Sabinal in the wee hours before dawn.
The second is the simple case that before dawn, the background noise caused by human activity tends to be much less.
The first attack wave took off from the carriers at thirty minutes before dawn, about 200 miles south of Ceylon.
Saskia wakes before dawn in her cold, shabby room to imagine herself navigating with Odysseus and marking the constellations.
Why not the women I saw all around me, working from before dawn to dark?
A coyote passed an hour or so before dawn at the edge of the clearing.
on
It began to dawn on people only slowly, very slowly, that they were never coming back to work.
Suddenly it dawned on Rose that he stopped by so frequently because he was attracted to her.
It dawned on me that Stark was giving me a lesson.
NOUN
age
It took ages to dawn on me that I had to find something else to do with my time other than music.
The new age had dawned, and the signs of its presence were experienced.
Remember, the age of photography had dawned.
day
It was a happy day when it dawned on me that there was no actual impediment to my cordially disliking both lots.
May Day dawned warm and sunny, and the two veterans nodded at each other over morning coffee.
Finally, the great day dawned.
He saw each working day dawn and stayed in bed.
The day dawned misty and drizzly so we went to have a look, confident heroics would not be called for.
The darkest day of my life dawned in western Arizona on November sixteenth.
Pluto's right angle to Mercury insists a bright new day is dawning.
A new day had dawned in golf.
light
Then light dawned on him, and with it came a momentary rush of indignation.
morning
Next morning dawns bright and clear; the storm has blown itself out in the night.
During the night the wind got up, and the morning dawned grey and blustery, with bursts of heavy rain.
That first morning dawned clear and cool, a welcome change after sweltering Boston.
Chapter 5 Saturday morning dawned late for me, and I just caught the tail end of Sport on Four.
Saturday morning dawned hot and fair in Thames, Wight and Portland.
When morning dawned he knew he would never again follow the old man up to that room.
truth
Then the truth begins to dawn.
He could feel it now, as though a great truth had finally dawned in him.
Then she remembered Edward's march and the awful truth began to dawn.
We tried the next couple of villages also before the truth dawned.
Following that, comes a period of despair and depression when the truth finally dawns that the loved one has gone for good.
VERB
begin
Something began to dawn on Sandie Shaw.
It began to dawn on people only slowly, very slowly, that they were never coming back to work.
The honeymoon was over and the reality of what she had taken on began to dawn.
It began to dawn on me that I had walked into a pressure cooker; there were a lot of big problems.
It began to dawn on him just what he had said, and to whom.
Then the truth begins to dawn.
Then she remembered Edward's march and the awful truth began to dawn.
Slowly it began to dawn on the pair that nobody else could possibly represent their work.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
As the Cold War dawned in 1949, Galvin was starting his military career.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
I was afraid that if I appeared too eager, it might dawn on the woman she had made a terrible mistake.
It dawned on me that no one seemed to be idle.
It is dawning on the rebels that they may have wider support than first realised.
Monday dawned, as Mondays will, and it was back to the Soho Laundry.
Suddenly it dawned on Ramsay that this flag was considerably larger than that flown by the Regent.
Suddenly it dawned on Rose that he stopped by so frequently because he was attracted to her.
Until it dawned on her that by postponing the decision she was making a decision.

dawn

I. dawn1 /dɔːn $ dɒːn/ noun [UNCOUNTABLE AND COUNTABLE]
[date : 1200-1300; Origin : daw 'to dawn' (10-19 centuries), from Old English dagian; related to day]
1. the time at the beginning of the day when light first appears SYN daybreakdusk
at dawn
  ▪ The boats set off at dawn.
  ▪ When dawn broke (=the first light of the day appeared), we were still 50 miles from Calcutta.
  ▪ I was up at the crack of dawn (=very early in the morning) to get the plane.
  ▪ We worked from dawn to dusk (=through the whole day while it is light).
  ▪ the cold light of dawn

2. the dawn of civilization/time etc
the time when something began or first appeared:
  ▪ People have been falling in love since the dawn of time.

3. a false dawn
something that seems positive or hopeful but really is not:
  ▪ There was talk of share prices recovering, but that was just a false dawn.
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THESAURUS
beginning the first part of something such as a story, event, or period of time :
  ▪ The beginning of the movie is very violent.
  ▪ Let’s go back to the beginning.
start the beginning of something, or the way something begins :
  ▪ Tomorrow marks the start of the presidential election campaign.
  ▪ It was not a good start to the day.
  ▪ The runners lined up for the start of the race.
commencement formal the beginning of something – used especially in official contexts :
  ▪ the commencement of the academic year
  ▪ the commencement of the contract
origin the point from which something starts to exist :
  ▪ He wrote a book about the origins of the universe.
  ▪ The tradition has its origins in medieval times.
the onset of something the time when something bad begins, such as illness, old age, or cold weather :
  ▪ the onset of winter
  ▪ An active lifestyle can delay the onset of many diseases common to aging.
dawn literary the beginning of an important period of time in history :
  ▪ People have worshipped gods since the dawn of civilization.
birth the beginning of something important that will change many people’s lives :
  ▪ the birth of democracy in South Africa
  ▪ the birth of the environmental movement

II. dawn2 verb [INTRANSITIVE]
1. if day or morning dawns, it begins:
  ▪ The morning dawned fresh and clear after the storm.

2. if a period of time or situation dawns, it begins:
  ▪ The age of Darwin had dawned.

3. if a feeling or idea dawns, you have it for the first time:
  ▪ It began to dawn that something was wrong.
dawn on somebody phrasal verb
if a fact dawns on you, you realize it for the first time:
  ▪ The ghastly truth dawned on me.
  ▪ It dawned on me that Jo had been right all along.

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