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

Nearby words

  1. yesternight,
  2. yesternoon,
  3. yesterweek,
  4. yesteryear,
  5. yestreen,
  6. yeti,
  7. yett,
  8. yetta,
  9. yettie,
  10. yeuk


    as yet. as1(def 31).

Origin of yet

before 900; Middle English yet(e) (adv. and conjunction), Old English gīet(a) (adv.); cognate with Middle High German ieze yet, now > German jetzt now

Synonym study

9. See but1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for yet


sentence connector

nevertheless; still; in spite of thatI want to and yet I haven't the courage; she is strange yet kind


(usually used with a negative or interrogative) so far; up until then or nowthey're not home yet; is it teatime yet?
(often preceded by just; usually used with a negative) now (as contrasted with later)we can't stop yet
(often used with a comparative) even; stillyet more potatoes for sale; yet another problem family
eventually, in spite of everythingwe'll convince him yet
as yet so far; up until then or now

Word Origin for yet

Old English gēta; related to Old Frisian jēta

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Word Origin and History for yet



Old English get, gieta "till now, thus far, earlier, at last, also," an Anglo-Frisian word (cf. Old Frisian ieta, Middle High German ieuzo), of unknown origin; perhaps connected to PIE pronomial stem *i- (see yon). The meaning in other Germanic languages is expressed by descendants of Proto-Germanic *noh- (cf. German noch), from PIE *nu-qe- "and now."

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Idioms and Phrases with yet


see as yet.

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