to produce a result, answer, or piece of information:
Our research has only recently begun to yield important results.
to produce crops, profits etc:
Each of these oilfields could yield billions of barrels of oil.
The tourist industry yielded an estimated $2.25 billion for the state last year.
These investments should yield a reasonable return.
to allow yourself to be forced or persuaded to do something or stop having something:
agree unwillingly[intransitive and transitive]
The military has promised to yield power.
The hijackers refuse to yield to demands to release the passengers.
Further action may be necessary if the leaders do not yield to diplomatic pressure.
Finally she yielded to temptation and helped herself to a large slice of cake.
to allow other traffic on a bigger road to go first [= give way British English]
traffic[intransitive] American EnglishTT
Yield to traffic on the left.
to move, bend, or break because of physical force or pressure [= give]:
Ideally, the surface should yield slightly under pressure.
to stop fighting and accept defeat [= surrender]
give up fighting[intransitive] literary
yield to somethingphrasal verb
Laughter quickly yielded to amazement as the show went on.
yield something ↔ upphrasal verb
to show or produce something that was hidden or difficult to find, or that people did not know about [= throw up]:
New research has yielded up some surprising discoveries.
2 British English formal
to give something that belongs to you to someone else, because you are forced to [= surrender]:
He would never yield up the castle to the English.