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English noun: yawn

1. yawn (act) an involuntary intake of breath through a wide open mouth; usually triggered by fatigue or boredom

SamplesHe could not suppress a yawn.
The yawning in the audience told him it was time to stop.
He apologized for his oscitancy.

Synonymsoscitance, oscitancy, yawning

Broader (hypernym)inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex

Narrower (hyponym)pandiculation

English verb: yawn

1. yawn (body) utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired

SamplesThe child yawned during the long performance.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)breathe, respire, suspire, take a breath

2. yawn (stative) be wide open

SamplesThe deep gaping canyon.

Synonymsgape, yaw

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)be

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