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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

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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Solend governance token-holders who participated voted yea with 97.5% of the vote. Danny Nelson, Fortune, 19 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The House passed the second part of the bill in a 260-171 vote that same day at 10:06 PM, in which 39 Republican representatives votes yea and 171 voted nay. Sudiksha Kochi, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Montgomery Academy rallied from a 28-23 halftime deficit to improve to 7-8 on the yea and 4-2 in Area 6. Freshman DJ Vinson had a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win. al, 26 Jan. 2022 Monday’s vote before the UN's First Committee, which is focused on international security and disarmament, passed overwhelmingly, with representatives of 163 countries voting yea versus eight nays and nine abstentions. Ramin Skibba, Wired, 3 Nov. 2021 The annual Hurun Rich List, launched in 1999, included entrepreneurs from Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan in its rankings for the first time this yea. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 28 Oct. 2021 These votes were surprise, surprise, split along party lines with Republicans voting yea and Democrats voting nay. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 21 May 2021 As for our 30-year-old son living in New York, I FaceTimed or Zoomed with him to go through his items one by one, getting a yea or nay for each item. Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2021 If a state delegation is deadlocked, they aren’t counted as a yea or nay for either candidate, said Edward Foley, constitutional law professor at Ohio State University. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 29 Oct. 2020 GovTrack, a government transparency website, recorded Biden's yea vote on the 1993 Act. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, 16 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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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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