What does yield mean?

Definitions for yield

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word yield.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. output, yieldnoun

    production of a certain amount

  2. return, issue, take, takings, proceeds, yield, payoffnoun

    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property

    "the average return was about 5%"

  3. yield, fruitnoun

    an amount of a product

  4. output, yield, productionverb

    the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)

    "production was up in the second quarter"

  5. yield, give, affordverb

    be the cause or source of

    "He gave me a lot of trouble"; "Our meeting afforded much interesting information"

  6. give way, yieldverb

    end resistance, as under pressure or force

    "The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram"

  7. render, yield, return, give, generateverb

    give or supply

    "The cow brings in 5 liters of milk"; "This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn"; "The estate renders some revenue for the family"

  8. concede, yield, cede, grantverb

    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another

  9. yield, relent, softenverb

    give in, as to influence or pressure

  10. move over, give way, give, ease up, yieldverb

    move in order to make room for someone for something

    "The park gave way to a supermarket"; "`Move over,' he told the crowd"

  11. give, yieldverb

    cause to happen or be responsible for

    "His two singles gave the team the victory"

  12. concede, yield, grantverb

    be willing to concede

    "I grant you this much"

  13. succumb, yieldverb

    be fatally overwhelmed

  14. yield, pay, bearverb

    bring in

    "interest-bearing accounts"; "How much does this savings certificate pay annually?"

  15. give, yieldverb

    be flexible under stress of physical force

    "This material doesn't give"

  16. yieldverb

    cease opposition; stop fighting

  17. yield, give in, succumb, knuckle under, buckle underverb

    consent reluctantly


  1. yieldnoun

    Payment; tribute.

  2. yieldnoun

    A product; the quantity of something produced

    Zucchini plants always seem to produce a high yield of fruit.

  3. yieldverb

    To pay, give in payment; repay, recompense; reward; requite.

  4. yieldverb

    To give way; to allow another to pass first.

    Yield the right of way to pedestrians.

  5. yieldverb

    To give as required; to surrender, relinquish or capitulate.

    They refuse to yield to the enemy.

  6. yieldverb

    To give way; to succumb to a force.

  7. yieldverb

    To produce as return, as from an investment.

    Historically, that security yields a high return.

  8. yieldverb

    The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.

  9. yieldverb

    To produce as a result.

    Completing the mathematics correctly yields a result of five.

  10. Etymology: From yielden, yelden, from gieldan, from geldanan, from gheldh-. Cognate with gelden, gelten, jild.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To YIELDverb

    Etymology: geldan , Saxon, to pay.

    When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. Gen. iv. 12.

    Strabo tells us the mines at Carthagena yielded the Romans, per diem, to the value of twenty-five thousand drachms, eight hundred and seven pounds five shillings and ten pence. Arbuth.

    He makes milch kine yield blood. William Shakespeare.

    The wilderness yieldeth food for them. Job xxiv. 5.

    All the substances of an animal, fed even with acescent substances, yield by fire nothing but alkaline salts. Arbuthnot.

    Philoclea would needs have her glove, and not without so mighty a lour as that face could yield. Philip Sidney.

    The mind of man desireth evermore to know the truth, according to the most infallible certainty which the nature of things can yield. Richard Hooker.

    If you take the idea of white, which one parcel of snow yielded yesterday to your sight, and another idea of white from another parcel of snow you see to-day, and put them together in your mind, they run into one, and the idea of whiteness is not at all increased. John Locke.

    I the praise
    Yield thee, so well thou hast this day purvey’d. John Milton.

    I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. John Milton.

    Life is but air,
    That yields a passage to the whistling sword,
    And closes when ’tis gone. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    Often did I strive
    To yield the ghost; but still the envious flood
    Kept in my soul, and would not let it forth
    To find the empty, vast and wand’ring air. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    He gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost. Gen. xlix. 33.

    He not yielding over to old age his country delights, especially of hawking, was at that time, following a merlin, brought to see this injury offered unto us. Philip Sidney.

    Thus I have yielded up into your hand
    The circle of my glory. William Shakespeare, King John.

    She to realities yields all her shows. John Milton.

    ’Tis the pride of man which is the spring of this evil, and an unwillingness to yield up their own opinions. Isaac Watts.

    The enemies sometimes offered unto the soldiers, upon the walls, great rewards, if they would yield up the city, and sometimes threatened them as fast. Richard Knolles.

    They laugh, as if to them I had quitted all,
    At random yielded up to their misrule. John Milton.

  2. To Yieldverb

    He yields not in his fall;
    But fighting dies, and dying kills withal. Daniel.

    All is not lost: immortal hate,
    And courage never to submit or yield. John Milton.

    If the inspiring and expiring organ of any animal be stopt, it suddenly yields to nature, and dies. Izaak Walton, Angler.

    There he saw the fainting Grecians yield,
    And here the trembling Trojans quit the field,
    Pursu’d by fierce Achilles. Dryden.

    Considering this present age so full of tongue, and weak of brain, behold we yield to the stream thereof. Richard Hooker.

    I see a yielding in the looks of France:
    Mark, how they whisper. William Shakespeare, King John.

    This supernatural soliciting, if ill,
    Why hath it given me earnest of success?
    If good, why do I yield to that suggestion,
    Whose horrid image doth upfix my hair? William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    With her much fair speech she caused him to yield. Prov.

    The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldst bring down Paul; but do not thou yield unto them. Acts xxiii. 21.

    There could be no secure peace, except the Lacedemonians yielded to those things, which being granted, it would be no longer in their power to hurt the Athenians. Francis Bacon.

    If much converse
    Thee satiate, to short absence I could yield. John Milton.

    If we yield that there is a God, and that this God is almighty and just, it cannot be avoided but that, after this life ended, he administers justice unto men. George Hakewill.

    The fight of Achilles and Cygnus, and the fray betwixt the Lapithæ and Centaurs, yield to no other part of this poet. Dry.

    Tell me in what more happy fields
    The thistle springs, to which the lily yields? Alexander Pope.


  1. yield

    Yield refers to the amount of product produced or result achieved from a process, reaction, or investment, usually expressed as a percentage. It can refer to a variety of outcomes, such as the amount of crops produced in agriculture, the amount of profit from a financial investment, or the quantity of product formed in a chemical reaction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yieldverb

    to give in return for labor expended; to produce, as payment or interest on what is expended or invested; to pay; as, money at interest yields six or seven per cent

  2. Yieldverb

    to furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth

  3. Yieldverb

    to give up, as something that is claimed or demanded; to make over to one who has a claim or right; to resign; to surrender; to relinquish; as a city, an opinion, etc

  4. Yieldverb

    to admit to be true; to concede; to allow

  5. Yieldverb

    to permit; to grant; as, to yield passage

  6. Yieldverb

    to give a reward to; to bless

  7. Yieldverb

    to give up the contest; to submit; to surrender; to succumb

  8. Yieldverb

    to comply with; to assent; as, I yielded to his request

  9. Yieldverb

    to give way; to cease opposition; to be no longer a hindrance or an obstacle; as, men readily yield to the current of opinion, or to customs; the door yielded

  10. Yieldverb

    to give place, as inferior in rank or excellence; as, they will yield to us in nothing

  11. Yieldnoun

    amount yielded; product; -- applied especially to products resulting from growth or cultivation

  12. Etymology: [OE. yelden, elden, ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost, to be worth, G. gelten, OHG. geltan to pay, restore, make an offering, be worth, Icel. gjalda to pay, give up, Dan. gielde to be worth, Sw. glla to be worth, glda to pay, Goth. gildan in fragildan, usgildan. Cf. 1st Geld, Guild.]


  1. Yield

    Yield is the fifth studio album by the American alternative rock band Pearl Jam, released on February 3, 1998. Following a short promotional tour for its previous album, No Code, Pearl Jam recorded Yield throughout 1997 at Studio Litho and Studio X in Seattle, Washington. The album was proclaimed as a return to the band's early, straightforward rock sound, and marked a more collaborative effort from the band as opposed to relying heavily on frontman Eddie Vedder to compose the songs. The lyrics deal with contemplative themes, albeit seen in a more positive manner compared to the band's earlier work. Yield received positive reviews and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, but while like No Code the album soon began dropping down the charts, Yield eventually outsold its predecessor. The band did more promotion for the album compared to No Code, including a return to full-scale touring and the release of a music video for the song "Do the Evolution". The record has been certified 2× platinum by the RIAA in the United States. The album is Pearl Jam's last release with drummer Jack Irons, who left the band during the album's promotional tour.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yield

    yēld, v.t. to resign: to grant: to give out: to produce: to allow.—v.i. to submit: to comply with: to give place.—n. amount yielded: product.—adj. Yield′able, that may be yielded: inclined to yield.—ns. Yield′ableness; Yield′er.—adj. Yield′ing, inclined to give way or comply: compliant.—adv. Yield′ingly.—n. Yield′ingness.—Yield up the ghost (see 'Give up the ghost,' under Give). [A.S. gieldan, gildan, to pay, gelten, Ice. gjalda.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yield' in Nouns Frequency: #2145

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yield' in Verbs Frequency: #688

Anagrams for yield »

  1. Leidy

  2. ylide

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yield in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yield in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of yield in a Sentence

  1. Masamichi Adachi:

    Ueda won’t abruptly move and probably wait until his second meeting in June, in changing forward guidance and YCC, the BOJ will likely abandon its 10-year bond yield target, while maintaining negative interest rates, to arrest distortions in the yield curve.

  2. Randy Tinseth:

    This combination of improvement in fuel efficiency and more seats will yield about a 5 percent improvement in efficiency per seat.

  3. B. F. Skinner:

    Physics does not change the nature of the world it studies, and no science of behavior can change the essential nature of man, even though both sciences yield technologies with a vast power to manipulate their subject matters.

  4. Tommy Xie:

    There is no urgency for China to maintain its favorable yield differential against the United States as capital outflow and currency stability is no longer the key concern for China at the moment, with U.S.-China trade war looming, a slightly weaker yuan may be in China's favor.

  5. Robert Turner:

    I refuse to yield to pessimism, gaza is a place where the human spirit has shown its indomitability time and time again.

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Translations for yield

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  • عادَ ( عليه ) بِـ, طائِل, رِبْح, عائِدَة, رَيْع, غَلَّة, إِفَادَة, مَدْخُول, إِنْتاج, مَصْلَحَة, مُتَحَصِّل, إِيراد, مُغَلّ, أَجْزَأَ, جَدْوَى, مَنْتُوج, جَنًى, مَنْفَعَة, أَغَلَّ, أَكْسَبَ, نِتَاج, دَرَّ, حَصِيدَة, خَرْج, صُلُوح, خَيْر, دَخْل, عائِد, صَلَاح, فائِدَة, إِفَادَةٌ مِنْ, مُسْتَغَلّ, كَسْب, مُحَصَّلَة, اِسْتِفَادَة, مُنْتَج, مَحْصُول, نَتِيجَة, جَدَاء, مُنْتَجات, أَجْزَى, نَفْع, أَدَرَّ, حاصِل, ناتِج, أَمَّنَ, حَقَّقَ, حَصَد, رَجَعَ بِـ, حَصِيلَة, حَمْل, سَحَبَ, يخArabic
  • cedirCatalan, Valencian
  • podřídit se, vynést, výnos, úroda, dát přednost, přinést výsledkyCzech
  • Platz machen, aufgeben, (Ertrag) [[abwerfen]], Ertrag, Ausbeute, gewähren, Vorfahrt gewähren, vorbeilassen, ergebenGerman
  • ceder el paso, ceder, rendimiento, arrojarSpanish
  • väistää, myöntää, tuottaa, taipua, [[antaa]] [[tietä]], satoFinnish
  • se rendre, céder, rapporter, retourner, laisser passer, capituler, rendementFrench
  • géill slíIrish
  • toradhScottish Gaelic
  • menghasilkanIndonesian
  • cedere, dare la precedenza, arrendersi, arrendere, raccolto, produrre, restituire, produzioneItalian
  • תשואהHebrew
  • 収穫, 利益, 譲る, もたらすJapanese
  • fructusLatin
  • zwichten, voortbrengenDutch
  • yte, multiplisere, svikte, gi etter, resultere iNorwegian
  • plon, wydajność, produkcjaPolish
  • rendimento, sucumbir, resultar, produção, safra, cederPortuguese
  • închinaRomanian
  • выход, возвращать, отдавать, [[приводить]] [[к]], производить, результироваться, выработка, урожай, продукция, уступать, сдаваться, даватьRussian
  • urodSerbo-Croatian
  • utbyte, ge vika, geSwedish
  • மகசூல்Tamil
  • దిగుబడి, రాబడిTelugu
  • rekolte, kâr, sağlamak, hâsılât, kazanç, ürün, yol vermek, ürün vermekTurkish
  • вро� айністьUkrainian
  • 产量Chinese

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