dawn on

This page is about the phrasal verb dawn on.

Meaning: If something dawns on you, you realize it, or become aware of it, for the first time.

For example:

  • dawn on sb At first I didn't realise who he was, but then it dawned on me. I was talking to Gerry's husband!

  • dawn on sb that It still hadn't dawned on Jimmy that the guy living next door was a drug dealer. He just thought the guy had lots of friends.

Quick Quiz:

Kelly was angry and upset after it dawned on her that

a. her boyfriend was cheating on her

b. the sun was coming up

c. her family loved her

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