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yes

adverb \ ˈyes \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of yes

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

Examples of yes in a Sentence

  1. yes, I'll be ready for the test tomorrow

Recent Examples of yes from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of yes

Middle English, from Old English gēse


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yes

noun

Definition of yes

plural yeses also yesses
: an affirmative reply : yea

Examples of yes in a Sentence

  1. We need a yes to go ahead with the project.

  2. She answered all the questions with yeses and nos.

Recent Examples of yes from the Web

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First Known Use of yes

1712



YES Defined for English Language Learners

yes

adverb

Definition of yes for English Language Learners

  • —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

Definition of yes for English Language Learners

  • : a positive reply : an answer of yes


YES Defined for Kids

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yes

adverb \ ˈyes \

Definition of yes for Students

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!

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yes

noun

Definition of yes for Students

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


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