vaivém

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From vai (goes) +‎ vem (comes), third-person singular of the present indicative indicative of ir and vir respectively.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vaivém m (plural vaivéns)

  1. to-and-fro motion; swaying motion
  2. coming and going (bustle of activity)
  3. (figuratively) ups and downs (periods of positive and negative events, moods, or interactions)
  4. (figuratively, uncountable) inconstancy; the state of being constantly changing

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