dawn-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: become clear to one

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[theme] DAWN PP{P NP[experiencer]} Includes: DAWN ON

It dawned on him that she had betrayed him.
The truth finally dawned on us.
It dawned on me that Ripley wouldn't be appearing.
It just dawned on me that you really don't care about buying that new house.
It just dawned on me how ridiculously short life really is.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: dawn.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: emmerge, as the sun over the horizon

Commentary: Syntax includes: NP1[theme] DAWN (PP{P NP[theme]})
NOTE: May be metaphorical.

The age of computers had dawned.
It started to dawn, and we had to get up.
A new day dawned on the sport of Golf.
A new era of brotherhood and patriotism has dawned.
Monday dawned warm and rainless.

VerbNet: appear-48.1.1
FrameNet: NP
PropBank: dawn.02
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3