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Origin of yes

before 900; Middle English yes, yis, Old English gēse (adv. and noun), probably equivalent to gēa yea + be it (present subjunctive singular of bēon to be)
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How to use yes in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for yes

yes
/ (jɛs) /

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used to express acknowledgment, affirmation, consent, agreement, or approval or to answer when one is addressed
used, often with interrogative intonation, to signal someone to speak or keep speaking, enter a room, or do something
noun
an answer or vote of yes
(often plural) a person who votes in the affirmative
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Word Origin for yes

Old English gēse, from iā sīe may it be; see yea
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