Definition of yet adverb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//jet//
    ; NAmE NAmE//jet//
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  1. 1  used in negative sentences and questions to talk about something that has not happened but that you expect to happen (British English) I haven't received a letter from him yet. (North American English) 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). British/​Americanalready / just / yet Already and yet are usually used with the present perfect tense, but in North American English they can also be used with the simple past tense:I already did it. Did you eat yet? However, this is much more common in spoken than in written English and some Americans do not consider it acceptable, even in speech. The present perfect is more common in North American English and almost always used in British English:I’ve already done it. Have you eaten yet? Just is mostly used with the perfect tenses in British English and with the simple past in North American English:(British English) I’ve just had some bad news. (North American English) I just got some bad news.
  2. 2  (used in negative sentences) now; as soon as this Don't go yet. We don't need to start yet.
  3. 3  from 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. 5  the 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. 6  yet 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, still a recent and yet more improbable theory
  8. Word OriginOld English gīet(a), of unknown origin.Idioms  until now or until a particular time in the past an as yet unpublished report As yet little was known of the causes of the disease.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 American Dictionary entry: yet