AskDefine | Define dawning

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dawning n : the first light of day; "we got up before dawn"; "they talked until morning" [syn: dawn, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow] [ant: sunset]

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An alteration of dawing, under the influence of Scandinavian cognates (c.f. Swedish, Danish dagning).


  • a UK /ˈdɔːnɪŋ/
  • a US /'dɑ:nɪŋ/


  1. (now mainly poetic) dawn
  2. the first beginnings of something


  1. present participle of dawn
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