"dawning" in the noun sense
1. dawn, dawning, morning, aurora, first light, daybreak, break of day, break of the day, dayspring, sunrise, sunup, cockcrow
the first light of day
"we got up before dawn"
"they talked until morning"
"dawning" in the verb sense
1. click, get through, dawn, come home, get across, sink in, penetrate, fall into place
become clear or enter one's consciousness or emotions
"It dawned on him that she had betrayed him"
"she was penetrated with sorrow"
appear or develop
"The age of computers had dawned"
"It started to dawn, and we had to get up"
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