- (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.)
- an affirmative reply.
- to give an affirmative reply to; give assent or approval to.
- (used as a strong expression of joy, pleasure, or approval.)
Origin of yes
before 900; Middle English yes, yis, Old English gēse (adv. and noun), probably equivalent to gēa yea1 + sī be it (present subjunctive singular of bēon to be)
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Related Words for yesesacknowledgment, permission, greeting, salute, bow, OK, consent, admission, compliance, cooperation, approval, recognition, yes, okay, sanction, blessing, concurrence, acquiescence, assent, understanding
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Historical Examples of yeses
- 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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