American English

Definition of yes exclamation from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1used to answer a question and say that something is correct or true “Is this your car?” “Yes, it is.” “Are you coming? Yes or no?”
  2. 2used to show that you agree with what has been said “I enjoyed her latest novel.” “Yes, me too.” “It's an excellent hotel.” “Yes, but (= I don't completely agree) it's too expensive.”
  3. 3used to disagree with something negative that someone has just said “I've never met her before.” “Yes, you have.”
  4. 4used to agree to a request or to give permission “Dad, can I borrow the car?” “Yes, but be careful.” We're hoping that they will say yes to our proposals.
  5. 5used to accept an offer or invitation “Would you like a drink?” “Yes, please/thanks.”
  6. 6used for asking someone what they want Yes? How can I help you?
  7. 7used for replying politely when someone calls you “Waiter!” “Yes, sir?”
  8. 8used to show that you have just remembered something Where did I put the keys? Oh, yes—in my pocket!
  9. 9used to encourage someone to continue speaking “I'm going to Paris this weekend.” “Yes…”
  10. 10used to show that you do not believe what someone has said “Sorry I'm late—the bus didn't come.” “Oh yes?”
  11. 11used to emphasize what you have just said Mrs. Smith has just won $2 million—yes!—$2 million!
  12. 12used to show that you are excited or extremely pleased about something that you have done or something that has happened “They've scored another goal.” “Yes!!”
  13. 13yes, yes used to show that you are impatient or irritated about something “Hurry up—it's late.” “Yes, yes—I'm coming.”
  14. Idioms used when you cannot give a clear answer to a question “Are you enjoying it?” “Yes and no.”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: yes