yes

adverb
\ ˈyes How to pronounce yes (audio) \

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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Noun

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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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 4 May 2017 The name Fly on the Wall Entertainment is a nod to [Big Brother], yes? Brian Porreca, Billboard, 28 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The very fact that the director of the CDC is appointed by and can be fired by the president rather than a council of scientific peers, creates a culture of biased decision making and yes-men. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 20 May 2021 Leaders who surround themselves with yes-men have been shown to make costly—and sometimes catastrophic—mistakes. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 11 Mar. 2021 Keeping fossil fuels in the ground wouldn’t require a yes from the governor, though; the truth is that L.A. could restrict oil-and-gas drilling on its own, without any state intervention. Alissa Walker, Curbed, 9 Mar. 2021 Be assertive with the people in your life now, because being a yes-person will only lead to a loss of self. Tarot Astrologers, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2021 Two new studies answer that question with an emphatic yes. New York Times, 19 Feb. 2021 The crowd, not being idiots, responds with an enthusiastic yes. Nate Jones, Vulture, 11 Jan. 2021 Powerful interest groups spent more than $785 million into 12 yes-or-no questions on this year’s ballot in California, bypassing the state legislature to put the measures to a purely democratic test. Morgan Phillips, Fox News, 4 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Lukashenko, cocooned in his increasingly farcical world of enablers and yes-men, mishandled the coronavirus outbreak in a way that would make even Donald Trump blanch. Casey Michel, The New Republic, 10 Aug. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for yes

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The first known use of yes was before the 12th century

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“Yes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yes. Accessed 16 Jun. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce yes (audio) \

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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