\ˈyet \

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 & Antonyms for yet

Synonyms: Adverb

heretofore, hitherto, theretofore

Synonyms: Conjunction

but, except (also excepting), only, saving

Antonyms: Adverb

henceforth, henceforward, hereafter, thenceforth, thenceforward (also thenceforwards), thereafter

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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

Ethan Hunt has never met an impossible mission, and yet, audiences need to believe that this one could get away from him for the thrill to work. Aja Hoggatt,, "Critics are loving Mission: Impossible -- Fallout," 12 July 2018 Federal politicians have yet to offer any major legislation in support of renewable ammonia, Finkel says, perhaps understandable in a country long wedded to exporting coal and natural gas. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 The rookie right-hander has not yet managed to pitch deep in a game, but performed well Saturday with two hits allowed in five scoreless innings, matching his career high for innings. Katherine Fominykh,, "Orioles ride rookie Yefry Ramírez to beat error-riddled Rangers, 1-0," 15 July 2018 Kylian Mbappé, the star striker of the French team, wasn’t even born yet, and neither were many of those who celebrated Tuesday night. Laurent Dubois, The Atlantic, "France’s Ghosts Return for the World Cup," 14 July 2018 Souza said that a time frame for the investigation and the cost is yet to be determined. Steven Goode, Courant Community, "Town Manager Calls for Independent Investigation into Allegations of Dash Cam Tampering," 13 July 2018 In addition, because mass detainment of immigrant families has not yet occurred, public reactions could shift after the policy took effect. Scott Clement, Washington Post, "The public rejected Trump’s child-separation policy, but a majority supports his push to detain families until court hearings," 13 July 2018 Candida albicans is a ubiquitous fungus that typically causes serious harm only to people with a weakened immune system, and yet some otherwise healthy individuals suffer repeated bouts of infection. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "Extreme Flu? Weird Encephalitis? It May Be Your Genes," 13 July 2018 Since the June 12 meeting, North Korea has yet to give any indication that is taking concrete action to dismantle its nuclear arsenal. Laignee Barron, Time, "South Korea's Moon Jae-in Calls on Washington and Pyongyang to Step Up Denuclearization Efforts," 13 July 2018

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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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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