light dawns

light dawns (on one)

Something suddenly becomes clear, certain, or fully understandable to one. The light dawned when I remembered that my grandfather had been stationed in Japan many years ago. It wasn't until I was able to say it out loud that the light dawned on me about what really happened.
See also: dawn, light

light dawns

If light dawns, you suddenly realize or understand something. I didn't realize they were a couple till I saw them together last night and the light suddenly dawned. Note: You can also say that light dawns on someone. `Oh!' she said, as if the light had finally dawned on her. `I'm on the wrong floor, huh?'
See also: dawn, light
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Until that light dawns, most educators, businesses and communities will continue to struggle with mediocre results.
Eventually light dawns, and Clara leaves her glasshouse for the world.
It is only in the final surrender, when nothing is left to give, that the limitless light dawns.
But as the fascicules or volumes appear a new light dawns on the project.