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Definition of yet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : in addition : besides gives yet another reason
b : even sense 1b a yet higher speed
c : on top of everything else : no less had wells going dry. Between two large lakes, yet— J. H. Buzard
2a(1) : up to now : so far hasn't done much yet often used to imply the negative of a following infinitivehave yet to win a game
(2) : at this or that time : so soon as now not time to go yet
b : continuously up to the present or a specified time : still is yet a new country
c : at a future time : eventually may yet see the light
as yet
: up to the present or a specified time there are as yet few clues— Sharon Kingman
yet again
: one more time arrived late yet again

Definition of yet (Entry 2 of 2)

: but nevertheless : but

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Synonyms for yet

Synonyms: Adverb

Synonyms: Conjunction

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Examples of yet in a Sentence

Adverb His latest novel is his best one yet. I haven't read the book yet. Has the mail arrived yet? It's not time to eat yet. “Are you ready?” “No, not yet.” We don't yet know what their plans are. Their suggestions won't be implemented, at least not yet. We don't have a firm grasp of the situation yet. Conjunction it feels like summer, yet according to the calendar we're still in early spring
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb McBride has yet to start any game but exceeds some starters in minutes (129) with six games under their belts. Melanie Laughman,, "WVU basketball freshman Miles McBride of Moeller plays lights out for coach Bob Huggins," 29 Nov. 2019 Meanwhile there are other secrets the proton has yet to give up. Dan Falk, Scientific American, "Ultraprecise Measurement Pinpoints the Proton’s Size," 28 Nov. 2019 Oklahoma State is off to a 5-0 start but has yet to play top-flight competition. oregonlive, "Oregon Ducks women’s basketball vs. Oklahoma State at Paradise Jam: Live updates," 28 Nov. 2019 However, many fans were still skeptical as it was never officially confirmed. GMA3 airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney, making Payton's announcement a little more official, even though Disney+ has still yet to confirm any details. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""The Proud Family" is Reportedly Getting Revived on Disney+," 27 Nov. 2019 Of the 55 African Union member states, only Eritrea has yet to sign it. Michael E Odijie, Quartz Africa, "Africa needs to industrialize before focusing on free trade," 27 Nov. 2019 CT scans identified two of the animals as lion cubs based on the size and shape of their bones, but the remaining three cats have yet to be definitively identified. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Archaeologists Reveal Rare Mummified Lion Cubs Unearthed in Egypt," 26 Nov. 2019 In fact the duo had yet to fully step out hand-in-hand until this weekend when the model brought Davidson as her date to a friend’s wedding in Miami on Saturday. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Kaia Gerber and Pete Davidson Nail Saturday Night Couple Style," 24 Nov. 2019 Almost a year later, however, there has yet to be a single prosecution. Charlie Hamilton James, National Geographic, "‘This is a full-blown crisis’: Fighting vulture poisoning in Kenya," 22 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of yet


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yet


Middle English, from Old English gīet; akin to Old Frisian ieta yet

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The first known use of yet was before the 12th century

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2 Dec 2019

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“Yet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of yet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: until now : so far
: at this time : so soon as now
: in addition

English Language Learners Definition of yet (Entry 2 of 2)

used to introduce a statement that adds something to a previous statement and usually contrasts with it in some way


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Kids Definition of yet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in addition They made up yet another excuse.
2 : even entry 2 sense 2 We reached yet higher speeds.
3 : up to now : so far He hasn't done much yet.
4 : at this time Has the newspaper arrived yet?
5 : up to the present : still It is yet a new country.
6 : at some later time She may yet decide to go.
7 : nevertheless Your plan is simple yet clever.

Kids Definition of yet (Entry 2 of 2)

: in spite of the fact that I was sick yet I went to school.

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