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yield

verb

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 to give up and cease resistance (as to a liking, temptation, or habit)
  • I finally yielded to temptation and had a bowl of ice cream

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2 to produce as revenue
  • I expect that stock to yield at least 14% profit this year

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3 to cease resistance (as to another's arguments, demands, or control)
  • after initially balking at the order, the soldier yielded when the commanding officer threatened a formal charge of insubordination

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5 to fall down or in as a result of physical pressure
  • the door soon yielded to the battering ram

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6 to give (something) over to the control or possession of another usually under duress
  • refusing to yield the city to enemy troops

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7 to give (oneself) over to something especially unrestrainedly
  • she yielded herself to temptation and booked a month-long vacation in the Bahamas like she'd wanted to for years

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yield

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1 an increase usually measured in money that comes from labor, business, or property
  • the stock's yield has increased over the years

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2 something produced by physical or intellectual effort
  • wheat farmers were able to increase the yield per acre substantially

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3 the total amount collected or obtained especially at one time
  • the yield from the police department's buyback program for firearms was staggering

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How does the verb yield differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of yield are capitulate, defer, relent, submit, and succumb. While all these words 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

When could capitulate be used to replace yield?

The words capitulate and yield are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, 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

When is it sensible to use defer instead of yield?

The synonyms defer and yield are sometimes interchangeable, but 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

In what contexts can relent take the place of yield?

Although the words relent and yield have much in common, relent implies a yielding through pity or mercy by one who holds the upper hand.

finally relented and let the children stay up late

When might submit be a better fit than yield?

In some situations, the words submit and yield are roughly equivalent. However, 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

When would succumb be a good substitute for yield?

While the synonyms succumb and yield are close in meaning, 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

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

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“Yield.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/yield. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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