- 1[intransitive] to open your mouth wide and breathe in deeply through it, usually because you are tired or bored He stood up, stretched and yawned. We couldn't help yawning during the speech.
- 2[intransitive] (of a large hole or an empty space) to be very wide and often frightening and difficult to get across synonym gape A crevasse yawned at their feet. (figurative) There's a yawning gap between rich and poor.
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NAmE//yɔn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yawn
he / she / it yawns
past simple yawned
-ing form yawning