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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

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 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 The amendment lost, but received 93 yea votes in the House and 24 in the Senate—a level of support that would have been implausible not that long ago. Elliott Negin, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2020 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, 4 June 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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“Yea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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