One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘we got up at dawn’
daybreak, break of day, crack of dawn, sunrise, first light, daylight, first thing in the morning, early morning, cockcrow
North American sunup
literary dawning, peep of day, aurora, dayspring
2‘the dawn of civilization’
beginning, start, birth, inception, conception, origination, genesis, emergence, advent, coming, appearance, debut, arrival, dawning, rise, starting point, origin, launch, institution, inauguration, opening, initiation, onset, outset, unfolding, development, infancy
informal kick-off, the word go
1‘Thursday dawned crisp and sunny’
begin, open, break, arrive, emerge, grow light, lighten, brighten
2‘a bright new future has dawned’
begin, start, come into being, be born, come into existence, appear, arrive, come forth, emerge, erupt, burst out
arise, rise, originate, break, unfold, develop, crop up, first see the light of day
3‘she became calmer as realization dawned’
occur to, come to, come to mind, spring to mind, enter someone's head, enter someone's mind, come into someone's head, come into someone's mind, strike, hit, register with, enter someone's consciousness, flash across someone's mind, pass through someone's mind, cross someone's mind, suggest itself
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