What does yes mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. yesnoun

    an affirmative

    "I was hoping for a yes"


  1. yesnoun

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

    Was that a yes?

  2. yesnoun

    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. yesverb

    To agree with, to affirm, to approve.

  4. yesverb

    To attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing.

  5. yesadverb

    A word used to show agreement or acceptance.

  6. yesadverb

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

  7. yesinterjection

    Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.

    Our second goal of the match! Yes!

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Yesadverb

    A term of affirmation; the affirmative particle opposed to no.

    Etymology: gise , Saxon.

    This were a fit speech for a general in the head of an army, when going to battle: yes, and it is no less fit speech in the head of a council, upon a deliberation of entrance into a war. Francis Bacon.

    Yes, you despise the man to books confin’d,
    Who from his study rails at human kind,
    Though what he learns he speaks. Alexander Pope.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yesadverb

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

  2. Etymology: [OE. yis, is, es, ise, AS. gese, gise; probably fr. ge yea + sw so. 188. See Yea, and So.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yes

    yes, adv. ay: a word of affirmation or consent. [A.S. gise, gesegeá, yea, , let it be.]

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yes in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of yes in a Sentence

  1. Spokesman Walter De Gregorio:

    The executive committee today... decided that, yes, we are going to play in November and December and, yes, the final is going to be played on Dec. 18, it's a Sunday and it's also the national day of Qatar and, in principle, we try to play in 28 days.

  2. Rokneddin Javadi:

    We hope we can come back to the export levels that we had before the sanctions, yes, 2.5 (million barrels per day), around.

  3. Susan Collins:

    I made it very clear, yes, that I did not think there should be a vote prior to the election.

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    Yes, it would, but it would mean that we would join the rest of the industrialized world and make sure that when a mom has a baby, she can, in fact, stay home with that baby for three months rather than go back to work at the end of one week.

  5. Dennis Tajer:

    If The FAA says The FAA's safe, Boeing says The FAA's safe, American Airlines say The FAA's safe, we are the ones who have to stand there with them and say we agree... or we don't agree, we want to say yes, but we will not be forced to say yes. I'm on that airplane as the last line of defense for our passengers.

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