- to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation: This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.
- to produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest): a trust fund that yields ten percent interest annually; That investment will yield a handsome return.
- to give up, as to superior power or authority: They yielded the fort to the enemy.
- to give up or surrender (oneself): He yielded himself to temptation.
- to give up or over; relinquish or resign: to yield the floor to the senator from Ohio.
- to give as due or required: to yield obedience to one's teachers.
- to cause; give rise to: The play yielded only one good laugh.
- to give a return, as for labor expended; produce; bear.
- to surrender or submit, as to superior power: The rebels yielded after a week.
- to give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like: Don't yield to their outrageous demands.
- to give place or precedence (usually followed by to): to yield to another; Will the senator from New York yield?
- 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.
- something yielded.
- the quantity or amount yielded.
- the act or process of yielding: the yield of plastic materials under stress.
- 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.
- the income produced by a financial investment, usually shown as a percentage of cost.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for yielded
Kasta had at last had yielded its dead, but not the answers to its riddles.Is This Alexander the Great’s Tomb—or His Wife’s?
December 12, 2014
But these dramatic increases in spending and teachers have not yielded a notable change in overall student outcomes.How a GOP Senate Can Help the Poor
Veronique de Rugy
November 23, 2014
The turn-of-the-century stretch that yielded The Rainbow Children and N.E.W.S. is particularly easy to ignore.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever
October 1, 2014
Prior Ebola outbreaks in Africa, specifically in Uganda in 2000, have yielded similar reactions among afflicted communities.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
However, two of the samples—one from Ladakh, India and one from Bhutan—yielded a more interesting result.Sorry Bigfoot Truthers: Yetis Aren’t Real
July 3, 2014
She put on the boy's torn straw hat, and they yielded to her wish.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The man who had saved her from death had yielded to temptation.Within the Law
By some accident, it had been left unhasped, and yielded easily to her hand.The Wives of The Dead
At length he yielded, and I got into the locker, where I was covered with potatoes.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
He, therefore, with a sigh, yielded to his brother's reasonings.Night and Morning, Complete
- 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
Word Origin and History for yielded
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."
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.