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yield

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verb \ˈyēld\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of yield

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 archaic :  recompense, reward

  3. 2 :  to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required

  4. 3 :  to give up possession of on claim or demand: such asa :  to give up (one's breath, life, or spirit) and so dieb :  to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another :  hand over possession ofc :  to surrender or submit (oneself) to anotherd :  to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habite :  to relinquish one's possession of (something, such as a position of advantage or point of superiority) yield precedence

  5. 4a :  to bear or bring forth as a natural product especially as a result of cultivation the tree always yields good fruitb :  to produce or furnish as return this soil should yield good cropsc (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

  6. 5 :  to give up (a hit or run) in baseball yielded two runs in the third inning

  7. intransitive verb
  8. 1 :  to be fruitful or productive :  bear, produce

  9. 2 :  to give up and cease resistance or contention :  submit, succumb facing an enemy who would not yield yielding to temptation

  10. 3 :  to give way to pressure or influence :  submit to urging, persuasion, or entreaty

  11. 4 :  to give way under physical force (such as bending, stretching, or breaking)

  12. 5a :  to give place or precedence :  acknowledge the superiority of someone elseb :  to be inferior our dictionary yields to nonec :  to give way to or become succeeded by someone or something else

  13. 6 :  to relinquish the floor of a legislative assembly

Examples of yield in a Sentence

  1. The apple trees yielded an abundant harvest.

  2. This soil should yield good crops.

  3. The seeds yield a rich oil.

  4. New methods have yielded promising results in the field.

  5. The studies yielded clear evidence.

  6. The tax is expected to yield millions.

  7. The bond yields seven percent annually.

  8. After several hours of debate, the opposition yielded.

  9. I yield the floor to the Senator from Maine.

  10. I yield to the Senator.

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Origin and Etymology of yield

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

Synonym Discussion of yield

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

synonyms see in addition relinquish


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yield

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Definition of yield

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

  2. 2 :  the capacity of yielding produce

Examples of yield in a Sentence

  1. Our yield of wheat increased this year.

  2. The average yield per tree is about one bushel.

  3. The yield on government bonds is currently seven percent.

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First Known Use of yield

15th century

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Financial Definition of YIELD

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.


YIELD Defined for English Language Learners

yield

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Definition of yield for English Language Learners

  • : 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.)

yield

noun

Definition of yield for English Language Learners

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

  • : the profit made from an investment


YIELD Defined for Kids

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yield

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verb \ˈyēld\

Definition of yield for Students

yielded

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yielding

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

  2. 2 :  to give in He yielded to temptation.

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

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

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

  6. 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. 7 :  to give way under physical force so as to bend, stretch, or break The rope yielded under the strain.

  8. 8 :  to allow another person or vehicle to go first


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yield

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Definition of yield for Students

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

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


Law Dictionary

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yield

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transitive verb \ˈyēld\

Legal Definition of yield

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

  2. intransitive verb
  3. 1 :  to give place or precedence (as to one having a superior right or claim)

  4. 2 :  to relinquish the floor of a legislative assembly yield to the senator from Maine


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yield

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Legal Definition of yield

  1. 1 :  agricultural production especially per acre of crop

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



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