- 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[intransitive] to stop resisting something or someone; 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 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[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) to allow vehicles on a bigger road to go first Yield to oncoming traffic. a yield sign Phrasal Verbsyield to something
NAmE//yild//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yield
he / she / it yields
past simple yielded
-ing form yielding