Translation of dawn in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /dɔːn/


  • 1 u and c (daybreak) amanecer (masculine) as dawn breaks al rayar o romper el alba [literary/literario], al amanecer at dawn al amanecer, al alba [literary/literario] from dawn till dusk de sol a sol, de la mañana a la noche (before noun/delante del nombre) [patrol/start] de madrugada
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    • She pushed the horse faster, but didn't sit up until the first light of dawn rose over the horizon.
    • All observations of mating behavior commenced at the beginning of this dawn period.
    • She wakes up in those dawns and rises with the sun.
  • 2 countable/numerable (beginning) albores (masculine plural) [literary/literario], aurora (feminine) [literary/literario] since the dawn of civilization desde los albores de la civilización the dawn of hope el despertar de la esperanza
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    • Driving through a land which has been intensively farmed since the dawn of civilisation, we soon reached the Ghab, a rich agricultural valley which had once been marshland.
    • Humans require new dawns, fresh starts, ends of eras.
    • If we are correct, the Late Devonian wood problem was an almost inevitable result of evolutionary developments at the dawn of life.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo


Phrasal verbs

dawn on

verb + preposition + object/verbo + preposición + complemento
it dawned on me that … caí en la cuenta de que …, me cayó el veinte (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar] or (Chile) [colloquial/familiar] la chaucha de que …

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