Language: Old English
Origin: gieldan


1 verb
Related topics: Transport


[transitive] to produce a result, answer, or piece of information:
Our research has only recently begun to yield important results.


[transitive] 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.
high-yielding crops

agree unwillingly

[intransitive and transitive] to allow yourself to be forced or persuaded to do something or stop having something:
The military has promised to yield power.
yield to
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.


[intransitive] American EnglishTT to allow other traffic on a bigger road to go first [= give way British English]
yield to
Yield to traffic on the left.


[intransitive] to move, bend, or break because of physical force or pressure [= give]:
Ideally, the surface should yield slightly under pressure.

give up fighting

[intransitive] literary to stop fighting and accept defeat [= surrender]

yield to something

phrasal verb
if one thing yields to another, it is replaced by that thing [= give way to something]:
Laughter quickly yielded to amazement as the show went on.

yield something ↔ up

phrasal verb
1 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.

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