- It gradually dawned on me that I still had talent and ought to run again.
- Then the chilling truth dawned on Captain Gary Snavely.
- Suddenly it dawned on me that they couldn't possibly have met before.
1. PHRASAL VERB △If a fact or idea dawns on you, you realize it. (= strike)
2. dawn on somebody [no passive] △if something dawns on you, you begin to realize it for the first time. | it dawns on somebody that…
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