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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

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 Young children that don’t even have teeth yet need to have their mouths cleaned on a daily basis and those who have even one tooth should see the dentist for an evaluation and discussion regarding diet and oral cleaning routines. Thomas H. Downs,, "Carroll County Health Department: Dental health month focuses on importance of water," 21 Feb. 2021 The 14th Amendment promised equality – but history shows true equality has yet to arrive for marginalized communities in the U.S. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "Larry Wilmore chats Netflix documentary series 'Amend' and 'beautiful' Mahershala Ali performance," 20 Feb. 2021 After her triumph in Tuesday’s parallel event, Liensberger became a double world champion but has yet to win on the World Cup circuit. Eric Willemsen, ajc, "Rebooted: Liensberger ends Shiffrin’s gold streak in slalom," 20 Feb. 2021 The bill has yet to be heard by the full House or the Senate. Ian James, The Arizona Republic, "As Arizona lawmakers consider clean-water rules, critics say the proposal falls short," 20 Feb. 2021 Yee, 65, has yet to meet one of her grand-nieces, who was born last May. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "In Bay Area nursing homes, 'the vaccine is already saving lives'," 20 Feb. 2021 According to the Washington Post, H-E-B has been quiet about the whole ordeal and has yet to officially verify the story to the media—though most Texans didn’t need a lot of convincing to believe it. Laura Furr Mericas, Chron, "H-E-B confirms this viral good samaritan story," 20 Feb. 2021 But since being traded to Kansas City Feb. 10, Benintendi has yet to post any sort of message to Sox fans via Instagram or Twitter. Globe Staff,, "Winners and losers — Red Sox not among either — in winter free agency," 20 Feb. 2021 The Pacers got Caris Levert, who has yet to play for Indiana because of a cancerous growth on a kidney that required surgery in late January. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers will play the Rockets, perhaps match up against Victor Oladipo," 20 Feb. 2021

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Yet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2021.

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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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