how to pronounce watershed


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watershed is pronounced in three syllables

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

“… described it as a watershed moment in TV …”

meanings of watershed


  1. A region of land within which water flows down into a specified body, such as a river, lake, sea, or ocean; a drainage basin.
  2. A critical point marking a change in course or development.
  3. The time after which material of more adult nature (violence, swear words, sex) may be broadcast on television or radio, either one laid down or one contrived (e.g. when children are not watching).
  4. The topographical boundary dividing two adjacent catchment basins, such as a ridge or a crest.


  1. Serving to mark a significant development, change in direction, etc.

watershed frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word watershed occurs in english on average 1.8 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.

topics watershed can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that watershed can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

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