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Definition of yea

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : yes used in oral voting
2 : more than this : not only so but used to introduce a more explicit or emphatic phrase yet the impression, yea the evidence, is inescapable— J. G. Harrison
3 informal : to this extent or degree The hole was yea [=this] big yea high yea tall



Definition of yea (Entry 2 of 2)

2a : an affirmative vote
b : a person casting a yea vote

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Synonyms & Antonyms for yea

Synonyms: Adverb

even, indeed, nay, truly, verily

Synonyms: Noun

affirmative, yes

Antonyms: Noun

nay, negative, no, non placet

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Examples of yea in a Sentence


we will go to the new land, and, yea, we will pursue our dreams! I vote yea on the proposed increase in the school budget.


the measure passed with 50 yeas and 17 nays
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Forty yeas ago, kids climbed up a big hill to have some slip-sliding fun zipping down the new bright yellow slides at Rapids Water Park in Riviera Beach. Doreen Christensen,, "Rapids Water Park celebrates its 40th anniversary with special events, deals | SummerTimeOut," 28 June 2019 Three yeas after being plucked from rusted obscurity in a midwestern boneyard, the aircraft began routine operations with its sights set on Normandy and the 75th anniversary of D-Day. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Return of 'That’s All, Brother': The Plane That Led the D-Day Invasion," 4 June 2019 Democrats could easily block the president’s nominee under the old protocol of 60 yeas to halt a filibuster. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump amplifying calls to ditch the legislative filibuster as midterms near," 4 July 2018 The Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act, 85 yeas to 10 nays (NDAA) Monday, and in the legislation included language that would ban Chinese telecom giant ZTE from conducting business in the United States. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "If only we had a Congress," 19 June 2018 The representatives sit at dark-wood desks that are wired to a digital board on which yea and nay votes are tallied in green and red. Rivka Galchen, The New Yorker, "The Teachers’ Strike and the Democratic Revival in Oklahoma," 4 June 2017 This time, a bill with enough votes to pass raced through, prompting spontaneous celebrations from one side of the aisle while Democrats on the other joined in a chant meant to predict a bloodbath for yea-voters the next election cycle. Orange County Register Editorial Board, Orange County Register, "Republicans deal first blow to Obamacare," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of yea


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


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yea


Middle English ye, ya, from Old English gēa; akin to Old High German yes

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yeah, right/sure


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

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English Language Learners Definition of yea

formal : a yes vote


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Kids Definition of yea

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: yes entry 1 sense 1
Hint: The word yea is used when a person is voting aloud for something.



Kids Definition of yea (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a vote in favor of something We counted 13 yeas and 15 nays.
2 : a person casting a yea vote

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to complain fretfully

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