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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 phraseyet 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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of yea in a Sentence

Adverb 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. Noun the measure passed with 50 yeas and 17 nays
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One-hundred and ninety-three yeas isn’t that far from 215. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Proposed DACA pathway complicates border wall funding," 25 June 2018 The vote at hand is called cloture – a procedural vote to move forward with debate on an under-discussion stimulus package and toward a yea or nay for final approval. Katie Wadington, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Not true that no Democrats voted for coronavirus stimulus package," 25 Mar. 2020 The hope was that the Senate could get 60 yeas to open debate on the coronavirus measure Sunday – then speed up the process and pass the bill Monday. Fox News, "Fate of 'Phase Three' coronavirus stimulus package uncertain after Senate fails to move forward amid Dem opposition," 23 Mar. 2020 Glenn and Styliano encouraged people experiencing domestic violence to reach out to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which has provided 24-hour, yea-round support since 1996 for individuals affected by relationship abuse. NBC News, "Coronavirus isolation raises concerns for domestic violence survivors, experts say," 20 Mar. 2020 Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is urging people to be cautious because bears are active this time of yea, and suggests traveling in groups and not only carrying bear spray, but being familiar with how to use it. Phil Helsel, NBC News, "Three hunters injured in two grizzly bear attacks in Montana," 18 Sep. 2019 The yeas and nays are required under Senate Resolution 483. NBC News, "Transcript: No Witnesses, New Timeline," 3 Feb. 2020 After the Reds had poor starts to the last two seasons, there will be added attention on how the team begins the yea. Bobby Nightengale,, "How Eugenio Suárez's shoulder injury could reshape the Cincinnati Reds' infield," 2 Feb. 2020 And thank you to all the senators for not asking for the yeas and nays. NBC News, "Transcript: The Bolton Facctor," 29 Jan. 2020

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

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“Yea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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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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