\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

But little Croatia, stubborn Croatia, refused to yield to the hype, defeating England and making it to the big game. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Joy of Chicago's Croatians cresting as World Cup final with France approaches," 13 July 2018 Unlike warmer colors, there are not many materials that can be excited to yield blue light. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 Problem solving with our teens, instead of dictating instructions to them, is more likely to yield positive results. Eva Dwight, USA TODAY, "How do you get teens out of bed during the summer without fighting?," 25 June 2018 Intel was originally planning to release its 10-nanometer processors back in late 2016, but the company recently delayed that once again to 2019 due to yield issues. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Intel now faces a fight for its future," 22 June 2018 The driver failed to yield and there was a short pursuit. City News Service, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Suspect arrested after short pursuit ends in Spring Valley," 19 June 2018 About 90 percent of the wine grapes in Texas are grown within a 100-mile radius of Lubbock, many in fields that used to yield less-profitable cotton. Dan Fellner, azcentral, "Why Lubbock, TX, is hot: Texas Tech, Buddy Holly and wine," 13 June 2018 He was originally cited for failing to yield to oncoming traffic when making a left turn. Michael Williams, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Fallen deputy's mother calls for tougher fatal-crash penalties: 'I'm ready to do what I need to do'," 5 June 2018 Some lawmakers and economists had argued the scheme was too expensive and narrow to yield credible conclusions. Jane Ross, The Christian Science Monitor, "California city mayor proposes to combat poverty with guaranteed income," 4 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Prices have fallen and the yield on a Bloomberg Barclays gauge of local-currency debt has surged to 7.5% as of Wednesday, from 4.5% at the end of December. Mike Bird, WSJ, "China’s Bonds Buck the Emerging-Market Trend," 12 July 2018 The average yield on a one-year CD is 0.59 percent, according to Bankrate.com. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "How your money in the bank can make more money," 3 June 2018 In less than two weeks, the yield on the 10-year Treasury swung from a high of 3.11 percent on May 17 to 2.77 percent on Tuesday. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Mortgage rates reverse course, but decline could be short-lived," 31 May 2018 Money flowed to government bonds as investors sought safety, briefly driving yields on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note down below 2.8 percent. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump punishes China on trade but lifts steel tariffs for allies," 22 Mar. 2018 The yield on the 10-year Treasury note remained at 2.91 percent, its highest level in four years. Associated Press, Houston Chronicle, "Stocks keep gaining as tech, industrial companies rise," 15 Feb. 2018 The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note settled at 2.831%, down from 2.853% Thursday. Orla Mccaffrey, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Gain On Trade Concerns," 13 July 2018 Bonds The yield on 10-year Treasuries fell four basis points to 2.87%, the lowest in almost three weeks on the biggest drop in more than a week. Fortune, "Stock Markets Are Falling Around the World as Fears of a U.S.-China Trade War Grow," 19 June 2018 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

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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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