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Webster 1913 Edition


Yield

Yield

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Yielded
;
obs. p. p.
Yold
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Yielding
.]
[OE.
yelden
,
ȝelden
,
ȝilden
, AS.
gieldan
,
gildan
, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries.
jelda
, OS.
geldan
, D.
gelden
to cost, to be worth, G.
gelten
, OHG.
geltan
to pay, restore, make an offering, be worth, Icel.
gjalda
to pay, give up, Dan.
gielde
to be worth, Sw.
gälla
to be worth,
gälda
to pay, Goth.
gildan
in fra
gildan
, us
gildan
. Cf. 1st
Geld
,
Guild
.]
1.
To give in return for labor expended; to produce, as payment or interest on what is expended or invested; to pay;
as, money at interest
yields
six or seven per cent
.
To
yelde
Jesu Christ his proper rent.
Chaucer.
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth
yield
unto thee her strength.
Gen. iv. 12.
2.
To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth.
“Vines yield nectar.”
Milton.
[He] makes milch kine
yield
blood.
Shakespeare
The wilderness
yieldeth
food for them and for their children.
Job xxiv. 5.
3.
To give up, as something that is claimed or demanded; to make over to one who has a claim or right; to resign; to surrender; to relinquish; as a city, an opinion, etc.
And, force perforce, I’ll make him
yield
the crown.
Shakespeare
Shall
yield
up all their virtue, all their fame.
Milton.
4.
To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
I
yield
it just, said Adam, and submit.
Milton.
5.
To permit; to grant;
as, to
yield
passage
.
6.
To give a reward to; to bless.
[Obs.]
Chaucer.
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
And the gods
yield
you for 't.
Shakespeare
God
yield
thee, and God thank ye.
Beau. & Fl.
To yield the breath
,
To yield the breath up
,
To yield the ghost
,
To yield the ghost up
,
To yield up the ghost
, or
To yield the life
,
to die; to expire; – similar to
To give up the ghost
.

One calmly
yields
his willing
breath
.
Keble.

Yield

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To give up the contest; to submit; to surrender; to succumb.
He saw the fainting Grecians
yield
.
Dryden.
2.
To comply with; to assent;
as, I
yielded
to his request
.
3.
To give way; to cease opposition; to be no longer a hindrance or an obstacle;
as, men readily
yield
to the current of opinion, or to customs; the door
yielded
.
Will ye relent,
And
yield
to mercy while 't is offered you?
Shakespeare
4.
To give place, as inferior in rank or excellence;
as, they will
yield
to us in nothing
.
Nay tell me first, in what more happy fields
The thistle springs, to which the lily
yields
?
Pope.

Yield

,
Noun.
Amount yielded; product; – applied especially to products resulting from growth or cultivation.
“A goodly yield of fruit doth bring.”
Bacon.

Webster 1828 Edition


Yield

YIELD

,
Verb.
T.
1.
To produce, as land, stock or funds; to give in return for labor, or as profit. Lands yield not more than three per cent annually; houses yield four or five percent. Maiz on good land, yields two or three hundred fold.
2.
To produce, in general. Most vegetable juices yield a salt.
3.
To afford; to exhibit. The flowers in spring yield a beautiful sight.
4.
To allow; to concede; to admit to be true; as, to yield the point in debate. We yield that there is a God.
5.
To give, as claimed of right; as, to yield due honors; to yield due praise.
6.
To permit; to grant.
Life is but air, that yields a passage to the whistling sword.
7.
To emit; to give up. To yield the breath, is to expire.
8.
To resign; to give up; sometimes with up or over; as, to yield up their own opinions. We yield the place to our superiors.
9.
To surrender; sometimes with up; as, to yield a fortress to the enemy; or to yield up a fortress.

YIELD

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To give up the contest; to submit.
He saw the fainting Grecians yield.
2.
To comply with; as, I yielded to his request.
3.
To give way; not to oppose. We readily yield to the current of opinion; we yield to customs and fashions.
4.
To give place, as inferior in rank or excellence. They will yield to us in nothing.
Tell me in what more happy fields the thistle springs, to which the lily yields?

Definition 2022


yield

yield

English

Verb

yield (third-person singular simple present yields, present participle yielding, simple past yielded or (obsolete) yold, past participle yielded or (obsolete) yolden)

  1. (obsolete) To pay, give in payment; repay, recompense; reward; requite.
    • Shakespeare:
      God 'ild [yield] you!
    • Gareth and Lynette, Tennyson:
      The good mother holds me still a child! Good mother is bad mother unto me! A worse were better; yet no worse would I. Heaven yield her for it!
    • Shakespeare:
      Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more, / And the gods yield you for 't.
    • Beaumont and Fletcher:
      God yield thee, and God thank ye.
  2. To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth.
    • Milton:
      Vines yield nectar.
    • Bible, Job 24.5:
      The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
  3. To give way; to allow another to pass first.
    Yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  4. To give as required; to surrender, relinquish or capitulate.
    They refuse to yield to the enemy.
    • Shakespeare:
      I'll make him yield the crown.
    • Milton:
      Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame.
  5. (intransitive) To give way; to succumb to a force.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula, chapter 21:
      He turned the handle as he spoke, but the door did not yield. We threw ourselves against it. With a crash it burst open, and we almost fell headlong into the room.
  6. To produce as return, as from an investment.
    Historically, that security yields a high return.
  7. (mathematics) To produce as a result.
    Adding 3 and 4 yields a result of 7.
  8. (linguistics) To produce a particular sound as the result of a sound law.
    Indo-European p- yields Germanic f-.
  9. (engineering, materials science, of a material specimen) To pass the material's yield point and undergo plastic deformation.
  10. (rare) To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
    • Milton:
      I yield it just, said Adam, and submit.
Synonyms
  • submit - To fully surrender
  • capitulate - To end all resistance, may imply a compensation with an enemy or to end all resistance because of loss of hope
  • succumb - To fully surrender, because of helplessness and extreme weakness, to the leader of an opposing force
  • relent - A yielding because of pity or mercy
  • defer - A voluntary submitting out of respect, reverence or affection
  • give way - To succumb to persistent persuasion.
  • surrender - To give up into the power, control, or possession of another
  • cede - To give up, give way, give away
  • give up - To surrender
  • produce - To make (a thing) available to a person, an authority, etc.
  • bear - To produce something, such as fruit or crops
  • supply - To provide (something), to make (something) available for use
  • give in
  • to trade away - to let others get hold of a property or right of yours.
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Etymology 2

From Middle English ȝeld, from Old English ġield, from Proto-Germanic *geldą (reward, gift, money), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ- (to pay). Compare West Frisian jild, Dutch geld, Low German and German Geld, Danish gjæld, Swedish gäld, Icelandic gjald. See also geld.

Noun

yield (countable and uncountable, plural yields)

  1. (obsolete) Payment; tribute.
  2. A product; the quantity of something produced.
    Zucchini plants always seem to produce a high yield of fruit.
  3. (law) The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.
    • 2013 July 6, The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
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