- at the present time; now: Don't go yet. Are they here yet?
- up to a particular time; thus far: They had not yet come.
- in the time still remaining; before all is done: There is yet time.
- from the preceding time; as previously; still: He came here on a vacation 20 years ago, and he is here yet.
- in addition; again: The mail brought yet another reply.
- moreover: I've never read it nor yet intend to.
- even; still (used to emphasize a comparative): a yet milder tone; yet greater power.
- though the case be such; nevertheless: strange and yet very true.
- though; still; nevertheless: It is good, yet it could be improved.
- as yet. as1(def 31).
Origin of yet
- nevertheless; still; in spite of thatI want to and yet I haven't the courage; she is strange yet kind
- (usually used with a negative or interrogative) so far; up until then or nowthey're not home yet; is it teatime yet?
- (often preceded by just; usually used with a negative) now (as contrasted with later)we can't stop yet
- (often used with a comparative) even; stillyet more potatoes for sale; yet another problem family
- eventually, in spite of everythingwe'll convince him yet
- as yet so far; up until then or now
Word Origin and History for yet
Old English get, gieta "till now, thus far, earlier, at last, also," an Anglo-Frisian word (cf. Old Frisian ieta, Middle High German ieuzo), of unknown origin; perhaps connected to PIE pronomial stem *i- (see yon). The meaning in other Germanic languages is expressed by descendants of Proto-Germanic *noh- (cf. German noch), from PIE *nu-qe- "and now."
Idioms and Phrases with yet
see as yet.