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verb (used with object)
  1. to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation: This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.

  2. to produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest): a trust fund that yields ten percent interest annually; That investment will yield a handsome return.

  1. to give up, as to superior power or authority: They yielded the fort to the enemy.

  2. to give up or surrender (oneself): He yielded himself to temptation.

  3. to give up or over; relinquish or resign: to yield the floor to the senator from Ohio.

  4. to give as due or required: to yield obedience to one's teachers.

  5. to cause; give rise to: The play yielded only one good laugh.

verb (used without object)
  1. to give a return, as for labor expended; produce; bear.

  2. to surrender or submit, as to superior power: The rebels yielded after a week.

  1. to give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like: Don't yield to their outrageous demands.

  2. to give place or precedence (usually followed byto): to yield to another; Will the senator from New York yield?

  3. to give way to force, pressure, etc., so as to move, bend, collapse, or the like: I've pushed and pushed, but this door will not yield.

  1. something yielded.

  2. the quantity or amount yielded.

  1. the act or process of yielding: the yield of plastic materials under stress.

  2. Chemistry. the quantity of product formed by the interaction of two or more substances, generally expressed as a percentage of the quantity obtained to that theoretically obtainable.

  3. the income produced by a financial investment, usually shown as a percentage of cost.

  4. a measure of the destructive energy of a nuclear explosion, expressed in kilotons of the amount of TNT that would produce the same destruction.

Origin of yield

First recorded before 900; (for the verb) Middle English y(i)elden, Old English g(i)eldan “to pay”; cognate with German gelten “to be worth, apply to”; noun derivative of the verb

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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.

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Other words from yield

  • yielder, noun
  • outyield, verb (used with object)
  • un·der·yield, noun
  • un·der·yield, verb (used without object)
  • un·yield·ed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for yield


/ (jiːld) /

  1. to give forth or supply (a product, result, etc), esp by cultivation, labour, etc; produce or bear

  2. (tr) to furnish as a return: the shares yielded three per cent

  1. (tr often foll by up) to surrender or relinquish, esp as a result of force, persuasion, etc

  2. (intr sometimes foll by to) to give way, submit, or surrender, as through force or persuasion: she yielded to his superior knowledge

  3. (intr often foll by to) to agree; comply; assent: he eventually yielded to their request for money

  4. (tr) to grant or allow; concede: to yield right of way

  5. (tr) obsolete to pay or repay: God yield thee!

  1. the result, product, or amount yielded

  2. the profit or return, as from an investment or tax

  1. the annual income provided by an investment, usually expressed as a percentage of its cost or of its current value: the yield on these shares is 15 per cent at today's market value

  2. the energy released by the explosion of a nuclear weapon expressed in terms of the amount of TNT necessary to produce the same energy

  3. 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

Origin of yield

Old English gieldan; related to Old Frisian jelda, Old High German geltan, Old Norse gjalda, Gothic gildan

Derived forms of yield

  • yieldable, adjective
  • yielder, noun

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Cultural definitions for yield


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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