how to pronounce ovation


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the above transcription of ovation is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

ovation is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of ovation in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… gave her a standing ovation and was …”

meanings of ovation


  1. A (ceremony for the) recognition of some achievement.
  2. A victory ceremony of less importance than a triumph.
  3. The act of laying eggs.
  4. Prolonged enthusiastic applause.


  1. To give (someone) an ovation (prolonged enthusiastic applause).

ovation frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word ovation occurs in english on average 1.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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