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The Collaborative Dictionary

Yield \Yield\, n. Amount yielded; product; -- applied especially to products resulting from growth or cultivation. "A goodly yield of fruit doth bring." --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
Yield \Yield\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yielded; obs. p. p. Yold; p. pr. & vb. n. Yielding.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, 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. g[aum]lla to be worth, g[aum]lda to pay, Goth. gildan in fragildan, usgildan. Cf. 1st Geld, Guild.] [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] To yelde Jesu Christ his proper rent. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. --Gen. iv.
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To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth. "Vines yield nectar." --Milton. [1913 Webster] [He] makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. --Job xxiv.
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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. [1913 Webster] And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To admit to be true; to concede; to allow. [1913 Webster] I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To permit; to grant; as, to yield passage. [1913 Webster]
To give a reward to; to bless. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more, And the gods yield you for 't. --Shak. [1913 Webster] God yield thee, and God thank ye. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] One calmly yields his willing breath. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
Yield \Yield\, v. i.
To give up the contest; to submit; to surrender; to succumb. [1913 Webster] He saw the fainting Grecians yield. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
To comply with; to assent; as, I yielded to his request. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster] Will ye relent, And yield to mercy while 't is offered you? --Shak. [1913 Webster]
To give place, as inferior in rank or excellence; as, they will yield to us in nothing. [1913 Webster] Nay tell me first, in what more happy fields The thistle springs, to which the lily yields? --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 production of a certain amount [syn: output]
2 an amount of a product [syn: fruit]
3 the income arising from land or other property; "the average return was about 5%" [syn: return, issue, proceeds, take, takings, payoff]
4 the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time); "production was up in the second quarter" [syn: output, production]


1 be the cause or source of; "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information" [syn: give, afford]
2 end resistance, especially under pressure or force; "The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram" [syn: give way]
3 give or supply; "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family" [syn: render, return, give, generate]
4 give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another [syn: concede, cede, grant]
5 give in, as to influence or pressure [syn: relent, soften] [ant: stand]
6 move in order to make room for someone for something; "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd" [syn: move over, give way, give, ease up]
7 bring about; "His two singles gave the team the victory" [syn: give, bring about]
8 be willing to concede; "I grant you this much" [syn: concede, grant]
9 be fatally overwhelmed [syn: succumb] [ant: survive]
10 bring in; "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?" [syn: pay, bear]
11 be flexible under stress of physical force; "This material doesn't give" [syn: give]
12 cease opposition; stop fighting
13 consent reluctantly [syn: give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle under]

Moby Thesaurus

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Via , from ġieldan



  1. To give way; to allow another to pass first.
    Yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  2. To give as required; to surrender, relinquish or capitulate.
    They refuse to yield to the enemy.
  3. To produce as return, as from an investment.
    Historically, that security yields a high return.
  4. The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.
  5. To produce as a result.
    Completing the mathematics correctly yields a result of five.


  • 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


to give way
to give as required
  • French: se rendre
  • Finnish: myöntää
  • German: aufgeben
  • Portuguese: ceder
  • Spanish: ceder
to produce as return
  • Finnish: tuottaa
  • French: rapporter
  • Portuguese: resultar
to produce as a result
  • Finnish: tuottaa
  • German: ergeben
  • Portuguese: resultar


  1. A product; the quantity of something produced
    Zucchini plants always seem to produce a high yield of fruit.


quantity of something produced
Yield may mean:
  • Crop yield, a measure of the output per unit area of land under cultivation
  • Maximum sustainable yield, the largest long-term fishery catch that can be safely taken
  • Rolled throughput yield, a statistical tool in Six Sigma
  • Yield (finance), a rate of return based on what the holder earns with direct incomes on a financial instrument or security
  • Dividend yield, the current or yield to maturity of common or preferred share dividends
  • Yield (aviation), the revenue an airline makes on each passenger for every kilometer/mile travelled
  • Yield (chemistry), the amount of product obtained in a chemical reaction
  • Yield (engineering), the permanent plastic deformation of a structure
    • Yield strength, an engineering term for the strain that a material can undergo before plastic deformation
  • in computer science, a point of return (and re-entry) of a coroutine
  • Yield (education), the percentage of prospective students offered admission to an educational institution that actually enroll at that school
  • Semiconductor fabrication yield, the proportion of devices produced which function correctly
  • Nuclear weapon yield, the amount of energy discharged when the weapon explodes
  • Specific yield, a ratio used to evaluate the groundwater production from an aquifer
  • Terminal yield, in formal language theory is the sequence of leaves encountered in an ordered walk of a tree structure
  • Wool Yield, refers to the amount of clean wool present in a greasy lot and is objectively measured.
  • Yield sign, a traffic sign controlling the give-way rules at an intersection (also called a give way sign)
  • an element in The Amazing Race, a U.S. reality game, where one team forces another to stop racing for a pre-determined amount of time.
  • Yield (album), the fifth album from the band Pearl Jam
  • Yield Class, an expression of the productivity of a stand of timber.
  • Fission product yield

See also

yield in German: Ausbeute
yield in French: Rendement
yield in Dutch: Rendement
yield in Japanese: イールド
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