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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

Butte County residents also live with a tragedy whose reaches have yet to unfold — the long-term health effects of the wildfire smoke. Julia Wick,, "Essential California: The untold aftermath of smoke pollution from the Camp fire," 12 July 2019 But five months later, the company has yet to even unseal its S-1, its prospectus with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is an unusually long amount of time to sit in limbo, IPO experts told Recode. Theodore Schleifer, Vox, "Plus: Postmates has explored a sale to companies like DoorDash and Walmart.," 12 July 2019 As someone who has yet to perfect my eyeliner technique, this pen is perfect to help me get there. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "5 Women Try Amazon's Best-selling Eyeliner," 12 July 2019 Manilow, so far as is known, has yet to record any songs remotely akin to the bluesy hard rock that has long been Etheridge’s calling card. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Melissa Etheridge takes great pride in her music and in speaking (and being) out," 12 July 2019 Some dolphin populations have yet to recover from the BP oil spill, Rowles said, mainly due to reproductive problems. Rocky Kistner, WIRED, "Gulf Fisheries Are Under Siege—Now Comes Tropical Storm Barry," 12 July 2019 This was still early days for Auschwitz, and the mass exterminations had yet to begin. Neal Bascomb, WSJ, "‘The Volunteer’ Review: A Noble Hero in a Savage New World," 12 July 2019 In Guyana, the region’s youngest petrostate, production is about to boom following a discovery in 2015 by ExxonMobil, but the country has yet to create its own oil company. The Economist, "Latin America’s state-run oil giants are struggling," 12 July 2019 Despite our best efforts, humanity has yet to find the existence of intelligent extraterrestrial life. Fox News, "Astronomers created a 'cosmic cheat sheet' to help look for aliens," 12 July 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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