[ yes ]
/ yɛs /
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(used to express affirmation or assent or to mark the addition of something emphasizing and amplifying a previous statement): Do you want that? Yes, I do.
(used to express an emphatic contradiction of a previously negative statement or command): Don't do that! Oh, yes I will!
(used, usually interrogatively, to express hesitation, uncertainty, curiosity, etc.): “Yes?” he said as he opened the door. That was a marvelous show! Yes?
(used to express polite or minimal interest or attention.)
noun, plural yes·es.
an affirmative reply.
verb (used with object), yessed, yes·sing.
to give an affirmative reply to; give assent or approval to.
(used as a strong expression of joy, pleasure, or approval.)
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Origin of yes
before 900; Middle English yes, yis, Old English gēse (adv. and noun), probably equivalent to gēa yea + sī be it (present subjunctive singular of bēon to be)
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How to use yes in a sentence
Thenceforward his Imperial Highness used to send Zeitz to me whenever he had any yeses or noes.Memoirs of the Empress Catherine II.|Catherine II, Empress of Russia
Ah, how many yeses she had for him that night, and yes is a sweet word.A Forest Hearth: A Romance of Indiana in the Thirties|Charles Major
These yeses were accompanied by the emphatic tapping on the paper.The Corner House Girls Among the Gypsies|Grace Brooks Hill
British Dictionary definitions for yes
/ (jɛs) /
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
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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