from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. At this time; for the present: isn't ready yet.
  • adv. Up to a specified time; thus far: The end had not yet come.
  • adv. At a future time; eventually: may yet change his mind.
  • adv. Besides; in addition: returned for yet another helping.
  • adv. Still more; even: a yet sadder tale.
  • adv. Nevertheless: young yet wise.
  • conj. And despite this; nevertheless: She said she would be late, yet she arrived on time.
  • idiom as yet Up to the present time; up to now.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.
  • adv. Continuously up to a certain time; still.
  • adv. At some future time; eventually.
  • adv. In addition.
  • adv. Even.
  • conj. Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.
  • v. To melt; found; cast, as metal.
  • n. A metal pan or boiler; yetling.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In addition; further; besides; over and above; still.
  • adv. At the same time; by continuance from a former state; still.
  • adv. Up to the present time; thus far; hitherto; until now; -- and with the negative, not yet, not up to the present time; not as soon as now. See As yet, under As, conj.
  • adv. Before some future time; before the end; eventually; in time.
  • adv. Even; -- used emphatically.
  • conj. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; however.
  • n. Any one of several species of large marine gastropods belonging to the genus Yetus, or Cymba; a boat shell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • At or in the present time or juncture; before something else; at present; now: as, shall the deed be done yet? is it time yet?
  • In addition; over and above; in repetition; further; besides; still; even: used especially with comparatives.
  • Still, in continuance of a former state; at this or at that time, as formerly; now or then, as at a previous period.
  • At or before some future time; before all is done.
  • Up to the present time; thus far; hitherto; already: usually with a negative.
  • Yet is often accompanied by as in this sense: as, I have not met him as yet.
  • Though the case be such; at least; at any rate.
  • Yet is sometimes used with adjectives or participles (with or without a hyphen) to denote continuance of the action or state, or as equivalent to still.
  • Nevertheless; notwithstanding.
  • Though.
  • But.
  • To melt; found; cast, as metal.
  • n. A metal pan or boiler. See yetling, 2.
  • n. A West African volute of the genus Cymbium; a boat-shell. See cut under Cymbium.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. up to the present time
  • adv. used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time
  • adv. despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession)
  • adv. within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time
  • adv. used after a superlative
  • adv. to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons


Middle English, from Old English gīet.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English yeten, from Old English ġēotan ("to flow, pour"), from Proto-Germanic *geutanan (“to flow, pour”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰew-, *ǵʰōw- (“to pour”). Cognate with Scots yat ("to yet"), West Frisian jitte ("to scatter, shed, pour"), Dutch gieten ("to pour, cast, mould"), German giessen ("to pour, cast, mould"), Swedish gjuta ("to pour, cast"). More at yote. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English yet, yit, from Old English ġīet, gȳta, from Proto-Germanic *iúta (compare West Frisian jit, Dutch ooit ‘ever’, German jetzt ‘now’), compound of (1) *ī́ui (adv.) ‘ever’ (see English aye), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂i̯éu-, accusative of *h₂éi̯us ‘long time’ and (2) the intensifying enclitic *-ta, from Proto-Indo-European *do.[2] More at aye and -th. (Wiktionary)



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