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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 infinitivehave 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

Synonyms: Conjunction

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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 Williams said investigators don’t yet know if the shooting was the result of a robbery, or something else. Carol Robinson |, al, "18-year-old identified as victim in deadly Ensley shooting," 7 Feb. 2020 Spinraza and Zolgensma have not been compared in a head-to-head study, and how long the benefits of Zolgensma last is not yet known. Andrew Joseph, STAT, "A lottery like no other offers up a cutting-edge medicine — with lives on the line," 7 Feb. 2020 Cronk is now at Iowa, while Ramsey’s ultimate destination is not yet known. Jon Blau, Indianapolis Star, "IU football running back Ronnie Walker enters transfer portal," 6 Feb. 2020 Sports wagering is already legal in Indiana and West Virginia, has been legalized but is not yet in effect in Illinois and Tennessee, and is expected to be passed into law in Ohio this year, Koenig said. Joe Sonka, The Courier-Journal, "Majority leader says Kentucky Senate likely to pass sports betting bill if House approves," 6 Feb. 2020 The exact details of the technology breach are not yet known, but city officials believe the ransomware got into the system by a city staffer clicking on a link in an email. Ricardo Torres, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Hit by a ransomware attack, the City of Racine is operating in the technologic dark ages and may be there all week," 4 Feb. 2020 This weekend the team is up for their most prestigious nomination yet: an Oscar for feature documentary at the 92nd Academy Awards. National Geographic, "Oscar nomination highlights Syrians’ plight—and one medic’s courageous work," 3 Feb. 2020 But their most recent undertaking is arguably their most ambitious yet. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "Inside the Novogratz's Biggest Renovation Project Yet (Their Home!)," 1 Feb. 2020 Again, there really isn't much to go off of other than the singular photo and tweet caption as of yet. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Who Is the Swan on 'The Masked Singer'? Fans' Guesses Are All Over the Place," 1 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of yet


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


13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yet


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

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

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11 Feb 2020

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“Yet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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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


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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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