From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishyesyes1 /jes/ ●●●S1W1 adverb spoken 🔊 🔊 1YESanswer to question/statementa)used as an answer to say that something is true or that you agree opp no 🔊 ‘Is that real gold?’ ‘Yes.’ 🔊 ‘It was a great show.’ ‘Yes, it was.’b)used as an answer to a question or statementcontaining a negative, to say that the opposite is true 🔊 ‘Sarah isn’t very intelligent, is she?’ ‘Yes, she is (=in fact, she is intelligent)!’ 🔊 ‘There isn’t any cereal left.’ ‘Yes, there is – it’s in the cupboard.’2answer to offer/invitation used as an answer to say that you want something or want to do something opp no 🔊 ‘Would you like a sandwich?’ ‘Yes, please.’ 🔊 ‘Would you like to come with us?’ ‘Yes, I’d love to.’3YESanswer to request used as an answer to say that you will do something, or that someone may do or have something opp no 🔊 ‘Can I have a glass of water?’ ‘Yes, of course.’ 🔊 He proposed to me and I said yes.4 →yes, but ...5ready to listen/talkANSWER/REPLY used to show that you have heard someone or are ready to speak to someone 🔊 ‘Mike?’ ‘Yes?’ 🔊 Yes sir, how can I help you?6listening used to show that you are listening to someone and want them to continue 🔊 ‘And so I tried phoning him ...’ ‘Yes ...’7excited/happy used to show that you are very excited or happy about something 🔊 Yes! Rivaldo’s scored again!8 →oh yes9emphasis used to emphasize that you mean what you have just said, even though it is surprising 🔊 It took ten years – yes, ten whole years – to complete. 🔊 Yes, you heard me correctly – I said 1921.10 →yes, yes11 →yes and no →yeah
yesyes2 noun (plural yeses or yesses) [countable] 🔊 🔊 PPVa vote, voter, or reply that agrees with an idea, plan, law etc opp no 🔊 According to the latest opinion poll, the noes have 60%, and the yeses have 40%. —yes adjective 🔊 a yes vote
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yes• There were a total of five yeses and three noes.