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Definition of yield verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yield
    he / she / it yields
    past simple yielded
    -ing form yielding
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  1. 1[transitive] yield something to produce or provide something, for example a profit, result, or crop Higher-rate deposit accounts yield good returns. The research has yielded useful information. trees that no longer yield fruit
  2. 2[intransitive] to stop resisting something or someone; to agree to do something that you do not want to do synonym give way (to somebody/something) After a long siege, the town was forced to yield. yield to something/somebody He reluctantly yielded to their demands. I yielded to temptation and had a chocolate bar.
  3. 3[transitive] yield something/somebody (up) (to somebody) (formal) to allow someone to win; to have or take control of something that has been yours until now synonym surrender He refused to yield up his gun. (figurative) The universe is slowly yielding up its secrets.
  4. 4[intransitive] to move, bend, or break because of pressure Despite our attempts to break it, the lock would not yield.
  5. 5[intransitive] yield (to somebody/something) to allow vehicles on a bigger road to go first Yield to oncoming traffic. a yield sign
  6. Phrasal Verbsyield to something
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