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I've always read it at cave-eat, even spelled it that way sometimes. But I just recently found out that that's not the case. It's supposedly pronounced as "KAH-vee-yat"--which I've never heard anyone say.

My question, is there more than one accepted pronunciations to this word? or have just simply been saying it wrong?

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General Reference, caveat ˈka-vē-ˌät, -ˌat; ˈkä-vē-ˌät; ˈkā-vē-ˌat – FumbleFingers Apr 16 '14 at 11:27
It is not pronounced with a ‘yat’ at the end—at least not by anyone I’ve ever heard say the word. Whether the first syllable is /kav/ (rhyming with ‘have’) or /keiv/ (rhyming with ‘cave’) doesn’t really matter, both are common. But there should be three syllables, not two, and the final syllable should be /at/ (or /ɑt/ ‘aht’), not ‘yat’. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Apr 16 '14 at 12:16
Feel free to visit the Netherlands, @JanusBahsJacquet. The Dutch have a tendency to insert a parasitic [j] in between just about any two successive vowel sounds. And alas, not only when they speak Dutch :) – oerkelens Apr 16 '14 at 12:19

As it is a Latin verb form from cave:re (to beware /to be cautious) a pronunciation such as in "cave + eat" is not the right thing. There are slightly different pronunciations and there are a lot of dictionaries where you can hear the word, eg in The free dictionary.

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