\ 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

Chinese television ratings for the World Cup are not available yet, but viewership of soccer in China is booming. Kevin Draper, New York Times, "The World Cup Final’s Unconventional Start Time," 13 July 2018 The Restaurant Association of Maryland, which opposed the plastic foam ban, has no position yet on straw bans, said Melvin R. Thompson, an association vice president. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 Scare tactics Consider installing motion-sensor lights or, better yet, motion-sensor sprinklers, around a certain area that needs protection, such as a garden. Jordyn Noennig, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The deer population is overwhelming Lake Country. Here are some ways you can keep them away.," 12 July 2018 And yet, hip-hop long regarded the drug addict as a figure of scorn and comedy. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Or better yet, get out your phone and measure the value of the magnetic field. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Can Your Electronic Gadgets Interfere With Your Compass?," 10 July 2018 Taurus love nice things, such as picnics with wine and cheese in the park, or better yet, being taken shopping. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 New York City was supposedly filled with crime, but nobody ever seemed to be afraid of anything, and there was no AIDS yet. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Dianne Benson, A Maverick Retailer in 1980s New York, Talks Fashion, Art, and Collaborators Like David Wojnarowicz and Cindy Sherman," 13 July 2018 Again, there's no word yet from Miley herself regarding the deletion, so theories regarding the decision remain just speculation at this point. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Miley Cyrus Deletes All Instagram Posts, Including Those with Liam Hemsworth," 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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the setting in which something occurs

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