- 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 See related entries: Experiments and research, Growing crops
- 2[intransitive] (formal) to stop resisting something/somebody; to agree to do something that you do not want to do synonym give way 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[transitive] yield something/somebody (up) (to somebody) (formal) to allow somebody to win, 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[intransitive] to move, bend or break because of pressure Despite our attempts to break it, the lock would not yield.
- 5[intransitive] yield (to somebody/something) (North American English, Irish English) to allow vehicles on a bigger road to go first synonym give way Yield to oncoming traffic. a yield sign See related entries: Driving Word Origin Old English g(i)eldan ‘pay, repay’, of Germanic origin. The senses ‘produce, bear’ and ‘surrender’ arose in Middle English.Extra examples He finally yielded to her demands. The project is expected to yield good returns in future. They refused to yield to public pressure. archaeological remains which are yielding up secrets from long ago These trees no longer yield fruit. Phrasal Verbsyield to something
BrE BrE//jiːld//; NAmE NAmE//jiːld//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yield
BrE BrE//jiːld//; NAmE NAmE//jiːld//he / she / it yields
BrE BrE//jiːldz//; NAmE NAmE//jiːldz//past simple yielded
BrE BrE//ˈjiːldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈjiːldɪd//past participle yielded
BrE BrE//ˈjiːldɪd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈjiːldɪd//-ing form yielding
BrE BrE//ˈjiːldɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈjiːldɪŋ//Experiments and research, Growing crops, Driving