yea

adverb
\ ˈyā \

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

yea

noun

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

all right, alright, aye (also ay), exactly, OK (or okay), okeydoke (or okeydokey), yeah, yep, yes, yo

Synonyms: Noun

affirmative, yes

Antonyms: Adverb

nay, no, no way, scarcely

Antonyms: Noun

nay, negative, no, non placet

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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

Changing the 44 standing rules of the Senate requires a procedural vote of 67 yeas. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Reporter's Notebook: The Senate's path to confirming the next Supreme Court justice," 27 June 2018 The driver was described as 18-22 yeas-old, 5 feet, 3 inches tall with stocky build and dark hair. Staff Report, Daily Southtown, "Southland police blotter," 19 June 2018 So doing would drop the threshold to break a filibuster to 51 yeas. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Trump amplifying calls to ditch the legislative filibuster as midterms near," 4 July 2018 Fast forward nearly two yeas later, the snowy look is still influencing British fashionistas. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Three Royal Ascot Guests Wore Kate Middleton's Self-Portrait Dress," 22 June 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 Rogers spoke before a U.S. Senate subcommittee weighing the yea or nay on the value of national public television. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' review: Celebrating a gentle giant of children's TV," 5 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 Eddy the tabby was adopted by the shop's original owner and had helped represent Steady Eddy's for about 12 yeas. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "Eddy the cat, mascot of small Winters coffeehouse, dies in an attack at the shop | The Sacramento Bee," 4 May 2018

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First Known Use of yea

Adverb

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

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yea

Adverb

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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More Definitions for yea

yea

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yea

: a yes vote

yea

adverb
\ ˈyā \

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.

yea

noun

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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