Dawn is that period of the day just before the sun rises in the morning. At dawn, there’s light in the sky as the sun begins to come up over the horizon.

  • I like to wake up before dawn. (Notice it’s not necessary to use the article, "the" before "dawn.")
  • Do you wake up at dawn?
  • For some people, the best part of the day begins at dawn.
  • People who are Muslim perform their first prayer at dawn.
  • In areas where there are farms, you can hear roosters begin to crow just before or during dawn.
  • The sky is dark from dusk to dawn. (Dusk is that time of the day after the sun goes down but light is still available.)
  • The sky is light from dawn to dusk.
  • In the north, dawn arrives late in the winter and early in the summer.
  • It’s darkest before the dawn. (This is an expression which means that a person may feel extreme pessimism or negativity before there is a feeling of optimism or a situation that is suddenly positive.)

When the word "dawn" is used as a verb it means that a person suddenly realizes or understands something. This is a common verb in English.

  • It has just begin to dawn on me that….The thing that one realizes goes here.)
  • It has just dawned on me that some of the trees in our backyard are too big and may cause damage to our house.
  • The idea of getting married suddenly dawned on the young man who was tired of being single.
  • When it dawned on Cindy that her job was at a dead end, she started to look for a new job.
  • It just dawned on everyone in the community that they needed to build a new community center for the elderly people who live in the area.

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January 7, 2020