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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 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


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.


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

Having had an Italian at its helm for eight years, and a Spanish vice-president, the received wisdom is that the ECB presidency now belongs to a northerner—if not to Germany, which has yet to hold the post. The Economist, "The ECB presidency is distinct but not immune from backroom deals," 15 June 2019 Luis Severino has yet to throw a pitch in a game this season and is still weeks away from his return from a right lat strain. Kristie Ackert,, "Yankees hope the injured Jonathan Loaisiga can provide pitching boost soon," 14 June 2019 Burnley have yet to get a mention on this list, but few will back them vastly improving on their lacklustre 2018/19 showing, and could well be in with another tough season given Sean Dyche's minuscule budget., "8 Potential Relegation 'Six-Pointers' as Premier League Fixtures are Announced," 13 June 2019 And that oil plunge has yet to filter through to retail gasoline prices, which move with a lag. Matt Egan, CNN, "What the Gulf tanker attacks mean for oil and gas prices," 13 June 2019 The Revolution have yet to play a home match under Arena. Frank Dell’apa,, "Revolution have regained their confidence under Bruce Arena," 13 June 2019 And many donors have yet to go all in on a specific candidate. Brian Slodysko, Fortune, "Trump Has Spent $10 Million on 2020 Digital Ads in Battleground States," 13 June 2019 Jones hit leadoff 19 times last season but has yet to hit there this season. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers put JaCoby Jones at leadoff spot with Niko Goodrum ailing," 12 June 2019 ICM Partners has yet to comment on their decision to drop Fairstein. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Linda Fairstein Dropped By Hollywood Literary Agency Amid 'When They See Us' Backlash," 12 June 2019

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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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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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