WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014:

Principal Translations
despuntar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (sobresalir, destacar)excel viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  (figurative, colloquial)sparkle, shine viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  stand out vi phrasalphrasal verb, intransitive: Verb with adverb(s) or preposition(s), having special meaning and not taking direct object--for example, "make up" [=reconcile]: "After they fought, they made up."
 En el segundo tiempo el equipo local despuntó finalmente.
 In the second period, the local team finally excelled.
despuntar viverbo intransitivo: Verbo que no requiere de un objecto directo (Él no llegó", "corrí a casa"). (aparecer, asomarse)appear viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  (plant)emerge, sprout viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  (day)dawn, break viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
  (flower)bud viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Al iniciar la temporada de lluvias la cosecha despuntará.
 At the beginning of the rainy season, the crop will appear.
 
Additional Translations
despuntar v prnlverbo pronominal: Verbo que se conjuga con un pronombre átono ("me", "te", "se") que concuerda con el sujeto ("lavarse", "irse", "enojarse"). (punta: romper, gastar)get dull viintransitive verb: Verb not taking a direct object--for example, "She jokes." "He has arrived."
 Me has despuntado el lápiz, ¡no aprietes tanto al escribir!
  His new pencil got dull quickly because he always pushes too hard when he writes.This sentence is not a translation of the English sentence.
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014:

Compound Forms:
al despuntar el alba,
al rayar el alba
loc advlocución adverbial: Unidad léxica estable formada de dos o más palabras que funciona como adverbio ("en vilo", "de seguido", "a quemarropa").
(al amanecer)at the break of dawn, at the crack of dawn advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
  at daybreak, at sunrise advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
 Partiremos de Toledo al rayar el alba, con la primera luz.
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