[ yeel-ding ]
/ ˈyil dɪŋ /


inclined to give in; submissive; compliant: a timid, yielding man.
tending to give way, especially under pressure; flexible; supple; pliable: a yielding mattress.
(of a crop, soil, etc.) producing a yield; productive.

Nearby words

  1. yield strength,
  2. yield stress,
  3. yield to maturity,
  4. yieldability,
  5. yieldable,
  6. yieldingly,
  7. yig,
  8. yigdal,
  9. yike,
  10. yikes

Origin of yielding

1300–50; Middle English: owing; see yield, -ing2

Related formsyield·ing·ly, adverbyield·ing·ness, nounnon·yield·ing, adjectiveun·yield·ing, adjective


[ yeeld ]
/ yild /

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.

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for yielding


/ (ˈjiːldɪŋ) /


compliant, submissive, or flexible
pliable or softa yielding material
Derived Formsyieldingly, adverbyieldingness, noun


/ (jiːld) /



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 yielding
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Culture definitions for yielding


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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