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  1. at the present time; now: Don't go yet. Are they here yet?

  2. up to a particular time; thus far: They had not yet come.

  1. in the time still remaining; before all is done: There is yet time.

  2. from the preceding time; as previously; still: He came here on a vacation 20 years ago, and he is here yet.

  3. in addition;again: The mail brought yet another reply.

  4. moreover: I've never read it nor yet intend to.

  5. even; still (used to emphasize a comparative): a yet milder tone;yet greater power.

  6. though the case be such; nevertheless: strange and yet very true.

  1. though; still; nevertheless: It is good, yet it could be improved.

Idioms about yet

  1. as yet. as1 (def. 31).

Origin of yet

First recorded before 900; Middle English yet(e) (adverb and conjunction), Old English gīet(a) (adverb); cognate with Middle High German ieze “yet, now” (German jetzt “now”)

Words Nearby yet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use yet in a sentence

  • A fool, for example, thinks Shakespeare a great poet-yet the fool has never read Shakespeare.

  • He showed none of the diffidence of the not-yet-accepted lover, eager to please, anxious about the future.

    December Love | Robert Hichens
  • And then he proceeded to descend from what he had called the rarefied atmosphere with the speed of a yet-unopened parachute.

    Dodo's Daughter | E. F. Benson
  • Then came the beating drum of intelligence, the radiation of its yet-uncontrolled thoughts.

    The Last Evolution | John Wood Campbell
  • Was Panek—and through him this as-yet-unmet leader—behind that attempt on Abrams' life?

    Man of Many Minds | E. Everett Evans

British Dictionary definitions for yet


/ (jɛt) /

sentence connector
  1. nevertheless; still; in spite of that: I want to and yet I haven't the courage; she is strange yet kind

  1. (usually used with a negative or interrogative) so far; up until then or now: they're not home yet; is it teatime yet?

  2. (often preceded by just; usually used with a negative) now (as contrasted with later): we can't stop yet

  1. (often used with a comparative) even; still: yet more potatoes for sale; yet another problem family

  2. eventually, in spite of everything: we'll convince him yet

  3. as yet so far; up until then or now

Origin of yet

Old English gēta; related to Old Frisian jēta

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with yet


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