how to pronounce zero


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the above transcription of zero 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.

zero is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of zero in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… take a business from zero 120 in six …”

meanings of zero


  1. The point on a scale at which numbering or measurement originates.
  2. A person of little or no importance.
  3. The value of a magnitude corresponding to the cardinal number zero.
  4. A security which has a zero coupon (paying no periodic interest).
  5. A value of the independent variables of a function, for which the function is equal to zero.
  6. The additive identity element of a monoid or greater algebraic structure, particularly a group or ring.
  7. A Mitsubishi A6M Zero, a long range fighter aircraft operated by the Japanese Navy Air Service from 1940 to 1945.
  8. A setting of calibrated instruments such as a firearm.
  9. The digit 0 in the decimal, binary, and all other base numbering systems.
  10. The numeric symbol that represents the cardinal number zero.
  11. Nothing, or none.


  1. To change a memory location or range to values of zero; to set a variable in a computer program to zero.
  2. To cause or set some value or amount to be zero.
  3. To disappear.
  4. To eliminate; to delete; to overwrite with zeros.
  5. To set a measuring instrument to zero; to calibrate instrument scale to valid zero.


  1. No, not any.
  2. Of a cloud ceiling, limiting vision to 50 feet (15 meters) or less.
  3. Of horizontal visibility, limited to 165 feet (50.3 meters) or less.
  4. Present at an abstract level, but not realized in the surface form.


  1. The cardinal number occurring before one and that denotes no quantity or amount at all, represented in Arabic numerals as 0.

zero frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word zero occurs in english on average 22.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics zero 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 zero can be often used in the following areas:

1) communication, information, and media;

2) education, science, and technology;

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