yield

verb
\ 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

yield

noun

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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Verb

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 Last outing: Won Game 2 at Houston (12-3) Wednesday, yielding two runs on seven hits and a walk with seven K’s over six innings. Johnny Parlay, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Washington Nationals at Houston Astros World Series Game 6 odds, picks and betting tips," 28 Oct. 2019 The last time the Wildcats yielded at least 41 points in three consecutive games was 2016. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers at Arizona Wildcats football: Sneak peek," 27 Oct. 2019 The Badgers had a dominant defense, yielding 29 points in their first six games. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten football power rankings: Did Michigan football's loss at Penn State drop them?," 21 Oct. 2019 Court records indicate the search yielded the six magazines, in addition to a set of golf clubs believed to be stolen. CNN, "New Jersey man arrested for what prosecutors call 'reconnaissance' of George Washington Bridge," 10 Oct. 2019 Verlander, whose eight career ALDS victories are a major league record, yielded three runs in the first. Fred Goodall, baltimoresun.com, "Rays chase Justin Verlander early, beat Astros, 4-1, to send ALDS to Game 5," 9 Oct. 2019 Verlander, whose eight career ALDS victories are a major league record, yielded three runs in the first. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Rays chase Verlander early, beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS," 8 Oct. 2019 Verlander, whose eight career ALDS victories are a major league record, yielded three runs in the first. chicagotribune.com, "Rays chase Justin Verlander early, beat Astros 4-1 to force ALDS Game 5," 8 Oct. 2019 Verlander, whose eight career ALDS victories are a major league record, yielded three runs in the first. Fred Goodall, The Denver Post, "Rays chase Verlander early, beat Astros 4-1 to even ALDS," 8 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's because car loan rates are influenced by longer-term bond yields, like on the 10-year U.S. Treasury, which have been drifting higher. Susan Tompor, Detroit Free Press, "Federal Reserve slashes interest rates for third time in a row: What it means for you," 30 Oct. 2019 This reflects the current flattening of the yield curve, which means rates on short-term bonds are temporarily about the same as those on long-term bonds — an unusual situation. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Refinance or not? Getting a better deal isn't a slam dunk, but low rates offer compelling choices," 20 Oct. 2019 Long-term bond yields fell to new depths and the dollar surged. The Economist, "GlobalisationLow inflation is a global phenomenon with global causes," 10 Oct. 2019 Most of the time, long-term yields are higher because investors typically demand higher returns for locking up their money for a longer period. Washington Post, "Tips for Spotting a U.S. Recession Before It Becomes Official," 19 Sep. 2019 Investors were relieved that to see long-term bond yields edging higher. CBS News, "Stocks move higher after roller-coaster week," 16 Aug. 2019 The long-term yield is a bit above the shortest-term. Erik Sherman, Fortune, "What Is an ‘Inverted Yield Curve’? And Why Is It Being Blamed for the Dow’s 800+ Point Loss?," 14 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the 30-year Treasury yield also hit a record low Wednesday. Dallas News, "Dow falls 800 points in its biggest decline of the year, reacting to bad news at home and abroad," 14 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, the 30-year Treasury yield also hit a record low Wednesday. Stan Choe And Alex Veiga, chicagotribune.com, "Warning of possible recession sends ripple through U.S. markets and Dow plummeting 800 points," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of yield

Verb

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

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yield

Verb

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

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yield

noun

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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yield

verb
How to pronounce yield (audio)

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.)

yield

noun

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

yield

verb
\ 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 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

yield

noun

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 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

yield

noun

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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