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[yeeld] /yild/
verb (used with object)
to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation:
This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.
to produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest):
a trust fund that yields ten percent interest annually; That investment will yield a handsome return.
to give up, as to superior power or authority:
They yielded the fort to the enemy.
to give up or surrender (oneself):
He yielded himself to temptation.
to give up or over; relinquish or resign:
to yield the floor to the senator from Ohio.
to give as due or required:
to yield obedience to one's teachers.
to cause; give rise to:
The play yielded only one good laugh.
verb (used without object)
to give a return, as for labor expended; produce; bear.
to surrender or submit, as to superior power:
The rebels yielded after a week.
to give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like:
Don't yield to their outrageous demands.
to give place or precedence (usually followed by to):
to yield to another; Will the senator from New York yield?
to give way to force, pressure, etc., so as to move, bend, collapse, or the like:
I've pushed and pushed, but this door will not yield.
something yielded.
the quantity or amount yielded.
the act or process of yielding:
the yield of plastic materials under stress.
Chemistry. the quantity of product formed by the interaction of two or more substances, generally expressed as a percentage of the quantity obtained to that theoretically obtainable.
the income produced by a financial investment, usually shown as a percentage of cost.
a measure of the destructive energy of a nuclear explosion, expressed in kilotons of the amount of TNT that would produce the same destruction.
Origin of yield
before 900; (v.) Middle English y(i)elden, Old English g(i)eldan to pay; cognate with German gelten to be worth, apply to; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
yielder, noun
outyield, verb (used with object)
underyield, noun
underyield, verb (used without object)
unyielded, adjective
1. furnish, supply, render, bear. 3. abandon, abdicate, waive, forgo. 6. render. 10. give in, comply, bow. 13. fruit.
4. resist.
Synonym Study
3.Yield, submit, surrender mean to give way or give up to someone or something. To yield is to concede under some degree of pressure, but not necessarily to surrender totally: to yield ground to an enemy. To submit is to give up more completely to authority, superior force, etc., and to cease opposition, although usually with reluctance: to submit to control. To surrender is to give up complete possession of, relinquish, and cease claim to: to surrender a fortress, one's freedom, rights. 13. See crop. Unabridged
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  • Let her think that your own impulse leads you, and then she will yield.

    Malbone Thomas Wentworth Higginson
  • So you know your destiny; and have nothing to do but to yield to it.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The plea touched to the bottom of her heart, but she could not, would not yield.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He wishes me to yield myself fully to Him in heart and life.

  • Were she to yield to evil she would suffer eternal remorse in consequence.

    The Dream Emile Zola
British Dictionary definitions for yield


to give forth or supply (a product, result, etc), esp by cultivation, labour, etc; produce or bear
(transitive) to furnish as a return: the shares yielded three per cent
(transitive) often foll by up. to surrender or relinquish, esp as a result of force, persuasion, etc
(intransitive) sometimes foll by to. to give way, submit, or surrender, as through force or persuasion: she yielded to his superior knowledge
(intransitive) often foll by to. to agree; comply; assent: he eventually yielded to their request for money
(transitive) to grant or allow; concede: to yield right of way
(transitive) (obsolete) to pay or repay: God yield thee!
the result, product, or amount yielded
the profit or return, as from an investment or tax
the annual income provided by an investment, usually expressed as a percentage of its cost or of its current value: the yield on these shares is 15 per cent at today's market value
the energy released by the explosion of a nuclear weapon expressed in terms of the amount of TNT necessary to produce the same energy
(chem) the quantity of a specified product obtained in a reaction or series of reactions, usually expressed as a percentage of the quantity that is theoretically obtainable
Derived Forms
yieldable, adjective
yielder, noun
Word Origin
Old English gieldan; related to Old Frisian jelda, Old High German geltan, Old Norse gjalda, Gothic gildan
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Word Origin and History for yield

Old English geldan (Anglian), gieldan (West Saxon) "to pay" (class III strong verb; past tense geald, past participle golden), from Proto-Germanic *geldanan "pay" (cf. Old Saxon geldan "to be worth," Old Norse gjaldo "to repay, return," Middle Dutch ghelden, Dutch gelden "to cost, be worth, concern," Old High German geltan, German gelten "to be worth," Gothic fra-gildan "to repay, requite").

Perhaps from PIE *ghel-to- "I pay," found only in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, unless Old Church Slavonic zledo, Lithuanian geliuoti are Germanic loan-words. Sense developed in English via use to translate Latin reddere, French rendre, and had expanded by c.1300 to "repay, return, render (service), produce, surrender." Related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch gelt, Dutch geld, German Geld "money." Yielding in sense of "giving way to physical force" is recorded from 1660s.


Old English gield "payment, sum of money" (see yield (v.)); extended sense of "production" (as of crops) is first attested mid-15c. Earliest English sense survives in financial "yield from investments."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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yield in Culture

yield definition

The income from a fixed-income security as a percentage of its market price. For example, if the market price of a bond declines, its yield rises.

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