\ 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 This yields a 100-fold improvement over the cesium fountain clock, the gold standard for microwave atomic clocks. Andrew Ludlow, The Conversation, "Pairing lasers with microwaves makes mind-bogglingly accurate electronic clocks – a potential boon for GPS, cell phones and radar," 22 May 2020 The intervening decades have yielded a mixed bag creatively speaking for Lucas' universe, now under the stewardship of Disney. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Empire Strikes Back' at 40: How the sequel launched 'Star Wars' into the future," 21 May 2020 Early human tests of a coronavirus vaccine yielded positive results, Moderna said. WSJ, "Coronavirus Updates: Stocks Rally on Vaccine Progress," 19 May 2020 An official at San Diego State, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the C.S.U. announcement about virtual classes had yielded misleading headlines, particularly about how the rules might apply to sports. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Classes Canceled at Cal State Colleges, but Football May Not Follow," 13 May 2020 The researchers said one test, whether for antibodies or for the active virus, would yield enough false positives that multiple tests would be required to certify someone as safe to return to work. Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times, "Fewer than 1% of MLB employees test positive for COVID-19 antibodies," 10 May 2020 The report does not identify sourcing, but said the longest portion, a seven-year security, may yield about 7 percentage points above Treasuries. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM hopes to stockpile billions more in cash from a one-day bond sale," 7 May 2020 Phillip Dampier, president of the cable-complaints clearinghouse Stop the Cap, said steadfast threats to cancel service have yielded the usual retention offers of discounts or free channels. Rob Pegoraro, USA TODAY, "How sporting is this? Sports-network fees stay in the pay-TV lineup despite no live action," 27 Apr. 2020 The joint efforts with state police — which resumed in February — have yielded some decreases in crime, Greene said. Washington Post, "Virginia city addressing young teens in effort to slow crime," 15 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The region’s market was hit hard in March’s global selloff, and has been slower to recover than international counterparts—particularly U.S. high-yield, which for the first time ever is enjoying limited support from the Federal Reserve. Frances Yoon, WSJ, "Chinese Developers Drag Asia’s Junk-Bond Market Out of the Doldrums," 24 May 2020 High-yield debt will have a strong month, while convertible bond and equity deals are starting to be done. David Westin, Bloomberg.com, "Bank of America CEO Says Sees Recovery at End of 2021," 19 May 2020 To the contrary, reducing the focus on testing could enable greater attention on higher-yield efforts. Michael Hochman, STAT, "Testing everyone for Covid-19 doesn’t make sense. We need to test smarter, not harder," 15 May 2020 Consumers with savings can try to stay competitive with inflation by putting their money in a high-yield online savings account. NBC News, "Trump wants negative rates — but what would that mean for your wallet?," 14 May 2020 BlackRock’s high-yield fund, HYG, bounced on the initial news of the corporate bond facility and took another leg up after the Fed expanded program criteria in April to include riskier debt. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Fed Makes Initial Purchases in Its First Corporate Debt Buying Program," 12 May 2020 Especially during a pandemic, simply preserving public space is a profoundly high-yield investment in physical and mental health. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "Open Up the Streets," 10 May 2020 But a protracted economic shock could put more capital in the hands of weak businesses, especially if Powell expands the new lending facilities to include more high-yield–rated companies. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Will COVID-19 Cause a Zombie Apocalypse to Hit the Economy?," 5 May 2020 Her father is serving 30 years for financial crimes related to a high-yield investment scheme, according to a 2008 Justice Department statement. Mike Wilson, Dallas News, "3 deaths and rampant infections at a Fort Worth lockup are fueling criticism of how federal prisons are handling the pandemic," 29 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of yield was before the 12th century

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27 May 2020

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“Yield.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yield. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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 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



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



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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