To begin to grow light in the morning; to grow light; to break, or begin to appear; as, the day dawns; the morning dawns.
- The time each morning at which daylight first begins.
- A first appearance; a beginning: the dawn of history. See Synonyms at beginning.
- To begin to become light in the morning.
- To begin to appear or develop; emerge.
- To begin to be perceived or understood: Realization of the danger soon dawned on us.