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Definition of yawn verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yawn
    he / she / it yawns
    past simple yawned
    -ing form yawning
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  1. 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. 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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