yes

adverb
\ˈyes \

Definition of yes 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 used as a function word to express assent or agreement are you ready? Yes, I am

2 used as a function word usually to introduce correction or contradiction of a negative assertion or direction don't say that! Yes, I will

3 used as a function word to introduce a more emphatic or explicit phrase

4 used as a function word to indicate uncertainty or polite interest or attentiveness

yes

noun
plural yeses also yesses

Definition of yes (Entry 2 of 2)

: an affirmative reply : yea

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Synonyms & Antonyms for yes

Synonyms: Adverb

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

Synonyms: Noun

affirmative, yea

Antonyms: Adverb

nay, no, no way, scarcely

Antonyms: Noun

nay, negative, no, non placet

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Examples of yes in a Sentence

Adverb

yes, I'll be ready for the test tomorrow

Noun

We need a yes to go ahead with the project. She answered all the questions with yeses and nos.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Squire, who formed Yes with singer Jon Anderson and others, died in 2015. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Yestival set for Saturday at Elgin's Festival Park," 17 Aug. 2017 Yes-style interventions can succeed elsewhere, considering that its solutions not only are difficult to implement, but, at least in the short-term, also cost more than many communities are willing or able to spend. Amadou Diallo, The Atlantic, "A Rust Belt City's School Turnaround," 18 July 2017 Though in a coma and an unresponsive state for several weeks, Ashlee could hear family members talking to her and would wiggle her foot to answer yes-and-no questions. Robert Rhoden, NOLA.com, "'She saved my life': DWI driver and crash victim find peace and a new purpose in life," 25 June 2017 None Raised Depressed Uniform Dropshadow Font Family Proportional Sans-Serif Monospace Sans-Serif Proportional Serif Monospace Serif Casual Script Small Caps Defaults Done — Troublesome Middle Child DEAR TROUBLESOME MIDDLE CHILD: Yes: Carolyn Hax, The Seattle Times, "Someone else’s vacation dreams don’t have to be your nightmare," 11 June 2017 And after Brownback quickly vetoed the bill and denounced the tax plan, House Speaker Ron Ryckman’s decision to vote yes on overriding the governor provided the spark needed for other conservative lawmakers to vote yes. Hunter Woodall And Jonathan Shorman, kansascity.com, "How a group of female lawmakers and a top Republican rolled back Brownback’s tax cuts," 8 June 2017 The TPA, which gives lawmakers a yes-or-no vote on amending trade deals, was passed amid tension over whether the U.S. should sign the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, championed by then-President Barack Obama. Andrew Mayeda, Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Set to Start Three-Month Countdown to Nafta Renegotiation," 17 May 2017 The Michigan Republican gave cover for people to switch from no to yes by extracting more financial assistance — $8 billion over five years — to help people with preexisting conditions pay for medical costs. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: 10 storylines to follow as the House votes on health care," 4 May 2017 The name Fly on the Wall Entertainment is a nod to [Big Brother], yes? Brian Porreca, Billboard, "How 'Big Brother' Producers Pulled Off an 'Unfiltered' Look at Katy Perry's Life for YouTube Live Stream," 28 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

People on both sides had expected a yes vote over the past couple of days; few had expected that the margin would be so decisive. Henry Farrell, Washington Post, "The exit polls say Ireland has voted to legalize abortion with a smashing majority," 25 May 2018 The tests commonly used to determine paternity or maternity rely on a different method that provides a simple yes or no answer. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Family DNA Testing at the Border Would Be an Ethical Quagmire," 22 June 2018 Burundians are being asked to vote yes or no to a proposal to extend the president's term from five years to seven, which would allow Nkurunziza to rule for another 14 years when his current term expires in 2020. Fox News, "'Castrate the enemy': Violence grips Burundi ahead of vote," 8 May 2018 Ads related to initiative petitions usually end with an admonition — sometimes an ominous one — to vote yes or no on the question number. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "The question order has been set for the fall ballot," 9 July 2018 Councilman Mark Squilla: Will vote yes on Oh’s bill. Erin Arvedlund, Philly.com, "City Council can stop Philly's sky-high property assessments. WIll it?," 1 June 2018 Hearing that an ex-POTUS would like to collaborate would induce an automatic yes from most writers. Jack Mccallum, SI.com, "The President Is Golfing," 27 June 2018 The yeses: Caviar, foie gras and chocolate, all of which the Chemels are generous with. Jonathan Kauffman, SFChronicle.com, "Baumé in Palo Alto has two Michelin stars — and only two staff," 22 June 2018 The numbers are fuzzier on whether the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government: 44 percent yes vs. 45 percent no. Fox News, "Fox News Poll: Views remain split over whether Trump coordinated with Russia," 7 June 2018

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First Known Use of yes

Adverb

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

Noun

1712, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yes

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English gēse

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yes

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of yes

 (Entry 1 of 2)

—used to give a positive answer or reply to a question, request, or offer

—used to express agreement with an earlier statement or to say that statement is true

—used to introduce a statement that corrects or disagrees with an earlier negative statement

yes

noun

English Language Learners Definition of yes (Entry 2 of 2)

: a positive reply : an answer of yes

yes

adverb
\ˈyes \

Kids Definition of yes

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 used to express agreement in answer to a question, request, or offer or with an earlier statement “Are you ready?” “Yes, I am.”Yes, I think you are right.

2 used to introduce a phrase with greater emphasis or clearness We are glad, yes, very glad to see you!

3 used to show uncertainty or polite interest Yes? Who's there?Yes, what can I do for you?

4 used to indicate excitement Yes! We won!

yes

noun

Kids Definition of yes (Entry 2 of 2)

: a positive reply I received a yes to my request.

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