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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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However, the research to back up these claims is varied and not conclusive, so scientists aren’t yet sure whether or not this effect is real. Korin Miller, SELF, "Is It True That Morning Sickness Means Something Good During Pregnancy?," 10 Jan. 2019 People won't even tell their friends what their salaries are, and yet these women are on national television, telling their deepest, darkest secrets, showing us their worst pain. Oronike Odeleye, Glamour, "The Co-Founder of #MuteRKelly on the R. Kelly Docuseries and What Real Justice Will Take," 10 Jan. 2019 The largest deals are yet to come: the sale of a 50.5% stake in Baker Hughes worth about $12 billion and the spinoff of GE’s health care unit into a new company, to which GE would transfer about $18 billion of debt and pension liabilities. Matt Wirz, WSJ, "What GE Needs to Do to Avoid Junk Territory," 9 Jan. 2019 There's a chance that the reason why a sequel isn't in the works yet is because of Jacob and Joey's breakup. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "6 Signs Jacob Elordi and Joey King Might Have Broken Up," 8 Jan. 2019 And yet despite this increase in buzz, the city remains unfailingly charming and bohemian. Jaimie Potters, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to Visiting San Miguel de Allende," 7 Jan. 2019 Getty ImagesChip Somodevilla 2018 isn't even over yet, and the 2020 election buzz has already begun. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "How to Tell If a Candidate Is Planning to Run for President in 2020," 31 Dec. 2018 And yet, while there’s nothing quotidian about the food, the room is what every creative wishes their common living space could look like—a state-of-the-art industrial kitchen carved out of the original raw historic warehouse space. Pilar Guzmán, Condé Nast Traveler, "South Africa’s Other Big Five," 20 Dec. 2018 There's yet another New Year's Eve special being taped in Times Square: New Year's Eve Live With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen, which is returning to CNN on December 31. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The Best New Year's Eve Television Specials to Ring in 2019," 20 Dec. 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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