Definitions for YESyɛs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

yesyɛs(adv.; n.)(pl.)yes•es

  1. (adv.)(used to express affirmation or agreement or to emphasize a previous statement):

    Do you want that? Yes, I do.

  2. (used to express disagreement with a negative statement or command):

    You can't do that! Oh yes I can!

  3. (used interrogatively to express uncertainty, curiosity, etc.):

    “Yes?” he said as he opened the door.

  4. (used to express polite interest or attention.)

  5. (n.)an affirmative reply or vote.

  6. (v.t.)to give an affirmative reply to; give assent or approval to.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  7. (interj.)(used as a strong expression of joy, pleasure, or approval.)

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of yes:

bef. 900; ME yes, yis, OE gēse, prob. from gēayea+ be it

Princeton's WordNet

  1. yes(noun)

    an affirmative

    "I was hoping for a yes"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. yes(adverb)ɛs

    indicates agreement or a positive answer

    "Do you think he's guilty?" "Yes, I'm sure he is."; "Would you like some chocolate?" "Yes please."

  2. yesɛs

    indicates disagreement with a negative statement

    "You're not allowed to watch that show." "Yes I am!"

  3. yesɛs

    indicates you have heard sb who is calling you

    "Dad?" "Yes? What do you need?"

  4. yes(noun)ɛs

    an expression or vote of agreement

    We asked ten people, and there wasn't a single yes.


  1. yes(Noun)

    An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

    Was that a yes?

  2. yes(Noun)

    A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.

    The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".

  3. yes(Verb)

    To agree with, to affirm, to approve.

  4. yes(Verb)

    To attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing.

  5. yes(Adverb)

    A word used to show agreement or acceptance.

  6. yes(Adverb)

    A word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.

  7. yes(Interjection)

    Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.

    Our second goal of the match! Yes!

  8. Origin: yes, yis from ġēse, ġȳse, ġīse "yes, of course, so be it", equivalent to gea + sie. Compare yea.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yes(adverb)

    ay; yea; -- a word which expresses affirmation or consent; -- opposed to no

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'YES' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #410

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'YES' in Written Corpus Frequency: #47

Translations for YES

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


used to express agreement or consent

Yes, that is true; Yes, you may go.

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