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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

But the fact that the conservative bill scored well north of the 170 yea-vote threshold handicapped by many spoke volumes. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Proposed DACA pathway complicates border wall funding," 25 June 2018 Performing this year alongside other amazing artists and hardworking models/friends was supposed to be the best night of my yea. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Halsey Calls Out the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s 'Lack of Inclusivity'," 3 Dec. 2018 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 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

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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


\ ˈyā How to pronounce yea (audio) \

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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a sum of money that is sent as a payment

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