\ ˈyēld \
yielded; yielding; yields

Definition of yield 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : recompense, reward

2 : to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required

3 : to give up possession of on claim or demand: such as

a : to give up (one's breath, life, or spirit) and so die

b : to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another : hand over possession of

c : to surrender or submit (oneself) to another

d : to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit

e : to relinquish one's possession of (something, such as a position of advantage or point of superiority) yield precedence

4a : to bear or bring forth as a natural product especially as a result of cultivation the tree always yields good fruit

b : to produce or furnish as return this soil should yield good crops

c(1) : to produce as return from an expenditure or investment : furnish as profit or interest a bond that yields 12 percent

(2) : to produce as revenue : bring in the tax is expected to yield millions

5 : to give up (a hit or run) in baseball yielded two runs in the third inning

intransitive verb

1 : to be fruitful or productive : bear, produce

2 : to give up and cease resistance or contention : submit, succumb facing an enemy who would not yield yielding to temptation

3 : to give way to pressure or influence : submit to urging, persuasion, or entreaty

4 : to give way under physical force (such as bending, stretching, or breaking)

5a : to give place or precedence : acknowledge the superiority of someone else

b : to be inferior our dictionary yields to none

c : to give way to or become succeeded by someone or something else

6 : to relinquish the floor of a legislative assembly



Definition of yield (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something yielded : product especially : the amount or quantity produced or returned yield of wheat per acre

2 : the capacity of yielding produce

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Synonyms & Antonyms for yield

Synonyms: Verb

bow, cave (in), give in, submit, succumb, surrender

Synonyms: Noun

affair, fruit, handiwork, labor, output, produce, product, production, thing, work

Antonyms: Verb

hold off, resist

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yield, submit, capitulate, succumb, relent, defer mean to give way to someone or something that one can no longer resist. yield may apply to any sort or degree of giving way before force, argument, persuasion, or entreaty. yields too easily in any argument submit suggests full surrendering after resistance or conflict to the will or control of another. a repentant sinner vowing to submit to the will of God capitulate stresses the fact of ending all resistance and may imply either a coming to terms (as with an adversary) or hopelessness in the face of an irresistible opposing force. officials capitulated to the protesters' demands succumb implies weakness and helplessness to the one that gives way or an overwhelming power to the opposing force. a stage actor succumbing to the lure of Hollywood relent implies a yielding through pity or mercy by one who holds the upper hand. finally relented and let the children stay up late defer implies a voluntary yielding or submitting out of respect or reverence for or deference and affection toward another. I defer to your expertise in these matters

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Examples of yield in a Sentence


The apple trees yielded an abundant harvest. This soil should yield good crops. The seeds yield a rich oil. New methods have yielded promising results in the field. The studies yielded clear evidence. The tax is expected to yield millions. The bond yields seven percent annually. After several hours of debate, the opposition yielded. I yield the floor to the Senator from Maine. I yield to the Senator.


Our yield of wheat increased this year. The average yield per tree is about one bushel. The yield on government bonds is currently seven percent.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last year the 43-year-old musician dropped Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere (Ropeadope), his second album and debut as a bandleader, which shows that his patience has yielded serious dividends. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Jazz drummer Nate Smith comes into his own as a bandleader with a sleek strain of R&B and funk that showcases his improvisational elasticity," 12 July 2018 Police hope the sketches will provide a break in finding Linda’s killer after an investigation spanning four decades has yielded few clues. Hannah Fry, latimes.com, "Newport Beach police release DNA profile of possible suspect in girl’s 1973 slaying," 8 July 2018 Right-hander Luis Patino (2.55) struck out eight, didn’t yield a single hit and allowed only an unearned run on three walks. Jeff Sanders, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Esteury Ruiz, TinCaps continue strong second half," 6 July 2018 Massey says the promotion, which was unveiled a few weeks back, has already yielded a handful of adventurous customers. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 July 2018 Villa are in financial crisis after heavy spending since relegation has not yielded Premier League promotion. SI.com, "Aston Villa Owner Tony Xia Reportedly Unwilling to Sell the Club to American Investors," 3 July 2018 The city has built in guarantees so that if the new development doesn't yield all the new taxes expected, Cobalt Partners would have to make up the shortfall, Stibal said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Pared-down 70th Street corridor plan in West Allis expected to take major step," 25 June 2018 David Allen that new testing did not yield any new information, but the suit claims that testing was never performed. Matthew Glowicki, The Courier-Journal, "Woman says Louisville police lied to her about rape investigation," 19 June 2018 Throughout the entire Mueller investigation, Donald Trump and his band of criminal cronies have claimed that the probe would not yield any fruit because none of them have done anything wrong. Monique Judge, The Root, "If You’ve Done Nothing Wrong, Why Are You Allegedly Tampering With Witnesses?," 15 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The yield on the 10-year Treasury note held steady at 2.86 percent. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "US stocks climb again as Pepsi leads household goods rally," 10 July 2018 Low-yield nuclear bombs or cruise missiles don’t fall under that agreement. Alex Ward, Vox, "The most important part of the Trump-Putin summit no one is talking about," 5 July 2018 Wilson anticipates a more aggressive rotation into defensive stocks such as utilities, telecom services, health care and consumer staples as growth slows and the U.S. Treasury yield curve heads toward inversion. Andreea Papuc, Bloomberg.com, "Morgan Stanley Sees ‘Rolling Bear’ Reaching High-Quality Stocks," 27 June 2018 In the most severe case, the banks were told to assume U.S. unemployment more than doubled to 10% while the yield curve in Treasuries dramatically steepened. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "Big banks pass first part of U.S. stress tests," 21 June 2018 In the cash market, the shape of the yield curve is riding on the meeting’s outcome too. BostonGlobe.com, "Bond traders brace for major moves in aftermath of Fed meeting," 12 June 2018 Marcus by Goldman Sachs offers high-yield interest savings accounts with a rate of 1.6%, which is four times more than the national average, according to the company. Trae Bodge, Woman's Day, "How to Set up a Savings Account for Your Children," 19 Apr. 2018 The Treasury yield curve — the spread between short- and long-term interest rates — has narrowed by about a half percentage point this year, possibly foreshadowing an economic slowdown. Tom Saler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tom Saler: If you abhor risk, here's a simple strategy for unpredictable times," 6 Apr. 2018 The failure of 10-year U.S. Treasury yields to hold above 3 percent over the past several weeks is a key sign of investors’ shift in sentiment, according to Wilson. Andreea Papuc, Bloomberg.com, "Morgan Stanley Sees ‘Rolling Bear’ Reaching High-Quality Stocks," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of yield


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yield


Middle English, from Old English gieldan; akin to Old High German geltan to pay

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Financial Definition of yield

What It Is

Yield refers to the cash return to the owner of a security or investment.

How It Works

In general, yield is calculated as follows:

Periodic Cash Distributions / Total Cost of Investment = Yield

The term yield may refer to slightly different aspects of a return for variable types of investments. For example, a yield on bonds, such as the coupon yield is the annual interest paid on the principal amount of the bond. Current yield is the coupon yield on a bond at a specific point in the time before the bond maturity. A yield to maturity of a bond is the internal rate of return on a bond's cash flow, including the cost of the bonds, period payments from the bonds, if any, and the return of the principal at redemption.

[Use our Yield to Call (YTC) Calculator to measure your annual return if you hold a particular bond until its first call date.]

[Use our Yield to Maturity (YTM) Calculator to measure your annual return if you plan to hold a particular bond until maturity.]

In equities, yields on preferred shares are similar to bond yields. For example, the dividend yield is the total payments in a year from the preferred shares divided by the principal value of the preferred shares. The current yield refers to the annual payments divided by the current market price.

Why It Matters

While yields of various investments do not explain the reasons for the gains and losses, they may mask declines in the underlying value of the assets or the effects of inflation. Using the yield is a convenient way of comparing the returns on various financial investments.

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English Language Learners Definition of yield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to produce or provide (something, such as a plant or crop)

: to produce (something) as a result of time, effort, or work

: to produce (a profit, an amount of money, etc.)



English Language Learners Definition of yield (Entry 2 of 2)

: the amount of something that is produced by a plant, farm, etc.

: the profit made from an investment


\ ˈyēld \
yielded; yielding

Kids Definition of yield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give (something) over to the power or control of another : surrender The troops would not yield the fort to the enemy.

2 : to give in He yielded to temptation.

3 : to produce as a natural product These trees yield fruit.

4 : to produce or give back as interest or profit The investment yielded eight percent annually.

5 : to be productive : bring good results The studies yielded proof of the theory.

6 : to stop opposing or objecting to something Jenner would not yield to my point of view, nor would I to his. —Robert C. O'Brien, Rats of NIMH

7 : to give way under physical force so as to bend, stretch, or break The rope yielded under the strain.

8 : to allow another person or vehicle to go first



Kids Definition of yield (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the amount produced or returned The high yield of wheat per acre increased.

2 : return entry 2 sense 7 The yield on government bonds is five percent.

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\ ˈyēld \

Legal Definition of yield 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: to produce as return from an expenditure or investment : furnish as profit or interest an account that yields 6 percent

intransitive verb

1 : to give place or precedence (as to one having a superior right or claim)

2 : to relinquish the floor of a legislative assembly yield to the senator from Maine



Legal Definition of yield (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : agricultural production especially per acre of crop

2 : the return on a financial investment usually expressed as a percentage of cost the bond yield was 8 percent

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