WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

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.
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WordReference English-Spanish Dictionary © 2015:

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.
despuntar el día (amanecer)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 dawn advadverb: Describes a verb, adjective, adverb, or clause--for example, "come quickly," "very rare," "happening now," "fall down."
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