verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Origin of yield

before 900; (v.) Middle English y(i)elden, Old English g(i)eldan to pay; cognate with German gelten to be worth, apply to; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related formsyield·er, nounout·yield, verb (used with object)un·der·yield, nounun·der·yield, verb (used without object)un·yield·ed, adjective

Synonyms for yield

1. furnish, supply, render, bear. 3. abandon, abdicate, waive, forgo. 6. render. 10. give in, comply, bow. 13. fruit.

Synonym study

3. Yield, submit, surrender mean to give way or give up to someone or something. To yield is to concede under some degree of pressure, but not necessarily to surrender totally: to yield ground to an enemy. To submit is to give up more completely to authority, superior force, etc., and to cease opposition, although usually with reluctance: to submit to control. To surrender is to give up complete possession of, relinquish, and cease claim to: to surrender a fortress, one's freedom, rights. 13. See crop.

Antonyms for yield

4. resist.
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Examples from the Web for yield

Contemporary Examples of yield

Historical Examples of yield

  • Let her think that your own impulse leads you, and then she will yield.


    Thomas Wentworth Higginson

  • So you know your destiny; and have nothing to do but to yield to it.

    Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • The plea touched to the bottom of her heart, but she could not, would not yield.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He wishes me to yield myself fully to Him in heart and life.

  • Were she to yield to evil she would suffer eternal remorse in consequence.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for yield



to give forth or supply (a product, result, etc), esp by cultivation, labour, etc; produce or bear
(tr) to furnish as a returnthe shares yielded three per cent
(tr often foll by up) to surrender or relinquish, esp as a result of force, persuasion, etc
(intr sometimes foll by to) to give way, submit, or surrender, as through force or persuasionshe yielded to his superior knowledge
(intr often foll by to) to agree; comply; assenthe eventually yielded to their request for money
(tr) to grant or allow; concedeto yield right of way
(tr) obsolete to pay or repayGod yield thee!


the result, product, or amount yielded
the profit or return, as from an investment or tax
the annual income provided by an investment, usually expressed as a percentage of its cost or of its current valuethe yield on these shares is 15 per cent at today's market value
the energy released by the explosion of a nuclear weapon expressed in terms of the amount of TNT necessary to produce the same energy
chem the quantity of a specified product obtained in a reaction or series of reactions, usually expressed as a percentage of the quantity that is theoretically obtainable
Derived Formsyieldable, adjectiveyielder, noun

Word Origin for yield

Old English gieldan; related to Old Frisian jelda, Old High German geltan, Old Norse gjalda, Gothic gildan
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Word Origin and History for yield

Old English geldan (Anglian), gieldan (West Saxon) "to pay" (class III strong verb; past tense geald, past participle golden), from Proto-Germanic *geldanan "pay" (cf. Old Saxon geldan "to be worth," Old Norse gjaldo "to repay, return," Middle Dutch ghelden, Dutch gelden "to cost, be worth, concern," Old High German geltan, German gelten "to be worth," Gothic fra-gildan "to repay, requite").

Perhaps from PIE *ghel-to- "I pay," found only in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, unless Old Church Slavonic zledo, Lithuanian geliuoti are Germanic loan-words. Sense developed in English via use to translate Latin reddere, French rendre, and had expanded by c.1300 to "repay, return, render (service), produce, surrender." Related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch gelt, Dutch geld, German Geld "money." Yielding in sense of "giving way to physical force" is recorded from 1660s.


Old English gield "payment, sum of money" (see yield (v.)); extended sense of "production" (as of crops) is first attested mid-15c. Earliest English sense survives in financial "yield from investments."

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yield in Culture


The income from a fixed-income security as a percentage of its market price. For example, if the market price of a bond declines, its yield rises.

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