yet

adverb
\ ˈyet How to pronounce yet (audio) \

Definition of yet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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, yet— J. H. Buzard
2a(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
as yet
: up to the present or a specified time there are as yet few clues— Sharon Kingman
yet again
: one more time arrived late yet again

Definition of yet (Entry 2 of 2)

: but nevertheless : but

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Synonyms for yet

Synonyms: Adverb

eventually, finally, someday, sometime, sooner or later, ultimately

Synonyms: Conjunction

but, except (also excepting), only, saving

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

And yet, a great feature of the world is that no matter how bad things get, parts of it manage to stay incredible—beautiful, even. Robert Sullivan, Vogue, "Hadestown, Anaïs Mitchell’s Musical Where Work Is Hell, Makes It to the Big Time," 19 Apr. 2019 And yet, there have been no changes to federal gun control in more than two decades, according to The New York Times. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "68 Mass Shootings Have Occurred Since Virginia Tech," 16 Apr. 2019 But Justin Bieber's not ready to be dethroned, yet. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Are Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber Friends? Here’s All The Drama That’s Gone Down Between Them," 8 Apr. 2019 And yet there is a structural logic, explains Nouvel, who is a master of complexity. Julie Lasky, ELLE Decor, "ED First Look: The National Museum of Qatar," 26 Mar. 2019 The science of atoms and molecules was not yet available to aid in the explanation. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The surprising science of why ice is so slippery," 31 Jan. 2019 If management has recognized a union but hasn’t yet to agree to a contract, then the negotiations can get more complicated because management has to make a one-off deal with the bargaining committee. Shirin Ghaffary, Recode, "As digital media companies brace for change, unions try to cushion the blow," 26 Dec. 2018 To be clear, Mona's not trying to kill Alison—not yet, anyway. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "I Never Thought I’d Love the Pretty Little Liars Spin-off More Than the Original, but Here We Are," 20 Mar. 2019 Better yet, wash it down with their festive cocktail, Honey Bunny. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "20 Restaurants That Will Stay Open on Easter Sunday," 12 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of yet

Adverb

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

Conjunction

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yet

Adverb

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

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yet

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of yet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: until now : so far
: at this time : so soon as now
: in addition

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

used to introduce a statement that adds something to a previous statement and usually contrasts with it in some way

yet

adverb
\ ˈyet How to pronounce yet (audio) \

Kids Definition of yet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : in addition They made up yet another excuse.
2 : even entry 2 sense 2 We reached yet higher speeds.
3 : up to now : so far He hasn't done much yet.
4 : at this time Has the newspaper arrived yet?
5 : up to the present : still It is yet a new country.
6 : at some later time She may yet decide to go.
7 : nevertheless Your plan is simple yet clever.

Kids Definition of yet (Entry 2 of 2)

: in spite of the fact that I was sick yet I went to school.

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