yet

1 of 2

adverb

1
a
: in addition : besides
gives yet another reason
b
: even sense 1b
a yet higher speed
c
: on top of everything else : no less
had wells going dry. Between two large lakes, yetJ. H. Buzard
2
a(1)
: up to now : so far
hasn't done much yet
often used to imply the negative of a following infinitive
have yet to win a game
(2)
: at this or that time : so soon as now
not time to go yet
b
: continuously up to the present or a specified time : still
is yet a new country
c
: at a future time : eventually
may yet see the light
3

yet

2 of 2

conjunction

: but nevertheless : but
Phrases
as yet
: up to the present or a specified time
there are as yet few cluesSharon Kingman
yet again
: one more time
arrived late yet again

Examples of yet in a Sentence

Adverb His latest novel is his best one yet. I haven't read the book yet. Has the mail arrived yet? It's not time to eat yet. “Are you ready?” “No, not yet.” We don't yet know what their plans are. Their suggestions won't be implemented, at least not yet. We don't have a firm grasp of the situation yet. Conjunction it feels like summer, yet according to the calendar we're still in early spring
Recent Examples on the Web
Adverb
And yet, unlike in other recent chief searches, a growing number of people within the LAPD are pushing for an outside candidate to breathe new life into the organization. Libor Jany, Los Angeles Times, 13 July 2024 Wilson was not yet in custody as of Friday afternoon. Kristine Phillips, The Indianapolis Star, 12 July 2024 Can Biden be replaced on the ballot in Kansas and Missouri? Biden hasn’t actually been placed on any ballots yet, so there’s no one to replace. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 12 July 2024 Costs of living and inflation remained high, credit card debt in the U.S. increased and Americans’ savings dwindled — yet consumer spending jumped noticeably, and more businesses filed for creation than in pre-Covid 2019. Megan Sauer, CNBC, 12 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for yet 

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Word History

Etymology

Adverb

Middle English, from Old English gīet; akin to Old Frisian ieta yet

First Known Use

Adverb

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

Conjunction

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yet was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Yet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yet. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

yet

1 of 2 adverb
1
a
: in addition : besides
gives yet another reason
b
: even entry 3 sense 4
a yet higher speed
2
a
: up to now : so far
hasn't done much yet
b
: at this time : so soon as now
not time to go yet
c
: still entry 3 sense 2
is yet a new country
d
: at a later time
may yet see the light
3
: nevertheless
strong, yet not strong enough

yet

2 of 2 conjunction
: despite that fact : but
bought more milk yet it was not enough for everyone

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