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Definition of yet adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used in negative sentences and questions to talk about something that has not happened but that you expect to happen I haven't received a letter from him yet. I didn't receive a letter from him yet. “Are you ready?” “No, not yet.” We have yet to decide what action to take (= We have not decided what action to take). note at already
  2. 2(used in negative sentences) now; as soon as this Don't go yet. We don't need to start yet.
  3. 3from now until the period of time mentioned has passed He'll be busy for ages yet. They won't arrive for at least two hours yet.
  4. 4could, might, may, etc. do something yet used to say that something could, might, etc. happen in the future, even though it seems unlikely We may win yet. (formal) She could yet surprise us all.
  5. 5the best, longest, etc. something yet (done) the best, longest, etc. thing of its kind made, produced, written, etc. until now/then the most comprehensive study yet of his music It was the highest building yet constructed.
  6. 6yet another/more yet again used to emphasize an increase in number or amount or the number of times something happens snow, snow and yet more snow yet another diet book Prices were cut yet again (= once more, after many other times).
  7. 7yet worse, more importantly, etc. used to emphasize an increase in the degree of something (= how bad, important, etc. it is) synonym even synonym still a recent and yet more improbable theory
  8. Idioms until now or until a particular time in the past an as yet unpublished report As yet little was known of the causes of the disease.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: yet