yield·​ing | \ ˈyēl-diŋ How to pronounce yielding (audio) \

Definition of yielding

1 : productive a high-yielding wheat
2 : lacking rigidity or stiffness : flexible
3 : disposed to submit or comply a docile and yielding temperament

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Examples of yielding in a Sentence

She has a gentle, yielding temperament. The seat was made with a soft and yielding material.
Recent Examples on the Web The seeds of high yielding variety (HYV) crops supplied by the government, which are what’s available in the market, couldn’t save us from regular crop loss. Basudev Mahapatra, Quartz India, "Amid droughts and floods, India’s tribal farmers rediscover the merits of indigenous crop," 11 Feb. 2020 Bake, uncovered, an additional 15 to 20 minutes, until the potatoes are soft and yielding and slightly crisped on the surface. Washington Post, "Who doesn’t like crispy-edged potatoes? Bring on the Hasselback!," 21 Nov. 2019 But many of those higher yielding bonds are in thin or quirky markets, making them potentially hard to trade. Washington Post, "Why Fund Managers Are Scared of Sudden Withdrawals," 19 Sep. 2019 Many of the negative yielding bonds have a short duration, only about one or two years, so the odds of a default or spike in yields (with the European Central Bank hinting at a rate cut) in that time span are pretty low. Allison Schrager, Quartz, "Yields are so low that even junk bonds now have negative rates," 18 July 2019 As for the food, the first courses were promising — the updated Waldorf aromatic and refreshing, the gumbo spicy — but the overly yielding sandwiches seemed designed for the gumming capacities of an aging demographic. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 At the same time, persistent demand for higher yielding bonds has helped the 10-year yield stay within a narrow range, seldom reaching above 2.4%. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government-Bond Prices Fall on Signs of Progress on Tax-Cut Plan," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of yielding

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of yielding was in 1533

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“Yielding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yielding. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of yielding

: tending to do or willing to do what other people want
: producing an indicated amount of something
: bending or stretching easily : not rigid or stiff

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