how to pronounce зевать


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the above transcription of зевать 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.

зевать is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of зевать in a speech by a native speaker of standard russian:

“… умеет моргать зевать говорить издалека …”

meanings of зевать


  1. To yawn.
  2. To miss (a train, a stop, a chance, an opportunity, etc.).
  3. To gape.

зевать frequency in russian - C2+ level of CEFR

the word зевать occurs in russian on average 0.8 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.

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