\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

Efforts to bring more women into the workforce have yielded modest success with companies offering flexible hours to new mothers. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Japan’s Immigration Harbinger," 5 Dec. 2018 However, a successful attack could yield a target rich environment, opening up the chance for such things as ransomware attacks, or a persistent foothold on the network. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Mass router hack exposes millions of devices to potent NSA exploit," 29 Nov. 2018 The bun yields—yes, yields, as in gives in—to the crunch of bacon and snap of the hot dog. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 His travels around the country have often yielded protests that push back against his shocking track record of policies that adversely affect LGBTQ and women's rights. Devon Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Women in "Handmaid's Tale" Outfits Protest Mike Pence's New York Visit," 1 Aug. 2018 Eovaldi made his postseason debut in Game 3 of this year’s ALDS against the New York Yankees, yielding five hits and one run in seven innings of the 16-1 victory. Kristie Rieken, The Seattle Times, "Bregman trolls Eovaldi, Hinch says “back it up” in ALCS," 15 Oct. 2018 Lauren’s unwavering consistency to his vision has yielded one of the most powerful and lucid brands ever but is what leaves him prey to criticism. Harper's BAZAAR, "American Dream: Ralph Lauren Celebrates 50 Years," 6 Sep. 2018 That closer Greg Holland, who signed for $14 million after the season started, had to use regular-season games as his spring training, and is yielding a 6.30 ERA with 39 baserunners in 20 innings. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Heat is on the Cardinals - and manager Mike Matheny feels it the most," 4 July 2018 Citrus fruits are easy and cheap to juice, and pineapple and watermelon also yield large quantities. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "Mocktail recipes: How to make tasty non-alcoholic drinks for your Fourth of July party," 3 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Credit spreads, reflecting the difference in yields between corporate bonds and safe Treasury securities, have jumped lately, a shift that in some past instances has foreshadowed a weakening economy. Gregory Zuckerman, WSJ, "Federal Reserve Not Likely Swayed by Recent Stock Market Declines," 20 Nov. 2018 Government bond yields spiked overnight after a batch of strong early results for some GOP candidates, but then headed lower as Democrats’ fortunes improved, making a new tax cut package unlikely. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks gain after midterms as tech, health care, energy rise," 7 Nov. 2018 The bun yields—yes, yields, as in gives in—to the crunch of bacon and snap of the hot dog. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 The marathon day of hearings didn’t yield too many revelations — Facebook and Twitter are apparently working hard to take down fake accounts foreign operatives but there’s still a lot to do. Jen Kirby, Vox, "5 things you may have missed from the Facebook and Twitter hearings on Capitol Hill," 6 Sep. 2018 Another signal, says Ed Keon of QMA, a quantitative equity manager, is a widening spread in corporate-bond yields over Treasuries. The Economist, "Even stockmarket bulls are more cautious than at the start of the year," 12 July 2018 Mortgage rates generally track the same path as long-term bond yields. The Washington Post, OregonLive.com, "Mortgage rates climb again after plateau," 19 Apr. 2018 Banks also weighed on the market as bond yields declined. NBC News, "U.S. markets close sharply lower as tech stocks lead late sell-off," 27 Mar. 2018 While some families have small plots of land to farm, the tired soil yields precious little, and many kids must work in mines alongside their parents in order to make ends meet. Jocelyn C. Zuckerman, Marie Claire, "Is Your Makeup the Result of Child Labor?," 16 Oct. 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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