\ ˈyēld How to pronounce yield (audio) \
yielded; yielding; yields

Definition of yield

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2 : to give up possession of on claim or demand: such as
a : to surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another : hand over possession of
b : to give (oneself) up to an inclination, temptation, or habit
c : to relinquish one's possession of (something, such as a position of advantage or point of superiority) yield precedence
d : to surrender or submit (oneself) to another
e : to give up (one's breath, life, or spirit) and so die
3 : to give or render as fitting, rightfully owed, or required
4 : to give up (a hit or run) in baseball yielded two runs in the third inning
5 archaic : recompense, reward

intransitive verb

1 : to give way to pressure or influence : submit to urging, persuasion, or entreaty
2 : to give up and cease resistance or contention : submit, succumb facing an enemy who would not yield yielding to temptation
3 : to relinquish the floor of a legislative assembly
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 be fruitful or productive : bear, produce



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

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Verb

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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

Verb 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. Noun 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 Using this technique to brainstorm is likely to yield the widest diversity of thought and the most creative insights. Maura Thomas, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Progressives had strength in numbers, meaning even a late effort to pick off some fence-sitters was never going to yield enough votes to flip the dynamic. Gregory Krieg, CNN, 2 Oct. 2021 Cocoa powder is the product of cacao beans that have been fermented, dried, and separated from their fats (a.k.a. cocoa butter) to yield cocoa solids. Bon Appétit, 22 Sep. 2021 Now that effort is poised to yield a second conviction. Andrew Wolfson, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2021 Psychologists using tiny sample sizes that could not be expected to yield reliable information about the effects of psychological interventions. John Sakaluk, Scientific American, 14 Sep. 2021 The question of whether it was designed to yield such outcomes or puts actual barriers in front of people based on their race is irrelevant. Charles Hilu, National Review, 9 Sep. 2021 Wendtland was cited for failure to yield the right of way, causing death. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 9 Sep. 2021 From one start to the next, Steele might aim to yield contact and quick outs or look to expose a lineup with swings and misses that produce strikeouts. Meghan Montemurro, chicagotribune.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The yield on the 10-year Treasury was steady Monday at 1.47%. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 4 Oct. 2021 In semiconductor manufacturing, yield is everything. Willy Shih, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 The yield is still low, and prices, on a historical basis, remain quite high. New York Times, 1 Oct. 2021 The yield on the 10-year Treasury has been on a steady climb since the Federal Reserve concluded its meeting last week. Washington Post, 21 Sep. 2021 The yield for a U.S. three-month Treasury bill was 0.037% Tuesday, down 66.4% from the prior-year period, according to Wall Street Journal market data. Mark Maurer, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2021 Right now the yield is about 3,000 pounds annually. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The yield is the percentage of the current stock price being paid out annually in dividends. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2021 The yield on the 10-year Treasury note was 1.28%, up from 1.20% the day before. Alex Veiga, Star Tribune, 21 July 2021

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First Known Use of yield


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 5


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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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 How to pronounce yield (audio) \
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 O'Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the 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.


transitive verb
\ ˈyēld How to pronounce yield (audio) \

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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