from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb At this time; for the present.
  • adverb Up to a specified time; thus far.
  • adverb At a future time; eventually.
  • adverb Besides; in addition.
  • adverb Still more; even.
  • adverb Nevertheless.
  • conjunction And despite this; nevertheless.
  • idiom (as yet) Up to the present time; up to now.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A metal pan or boiler. See yetling, 2.
  • 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.
  • noun A West African volute of the genus Cymbium; a boat-shell. See cut under Cymbium.
  • To melt; found; cast, as metal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In addition; further; besides; over and above; still.
  • adverb At the same time; by continuance from a former state; still.
  • adverb 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.
  • adverb Before some future time; before the end; eventually; in time.
  • adverb Even; -- used emphatically.
  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large marine gastropods belonging to the genus Yetus, or Cymba; a boat shell.
  • conjunction Nevertheless; notwithstanding; however.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb dialectal To melt; found; cast, as metal.
  • noun dialectal A metal pan or boiler; yetling.
  • adverb usually with negative Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.
  • adverb Continuously up to a certain time; still.
  • adverb At some future time; eventually.
  • adverb In addition.
  • adverb degree Even.
  • conjunction Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.

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

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


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

[Middle English, from Old English gīet; see i- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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. More at aye and -th.


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  • To surrender was made very difficult for me by Eugene Field, who had publicly celebrated me as "the sturdy opponent of the swallow-tail suit," and yet he himself, -- though still outwardly faithful -- had been heard to say, "I may be forced to wear the damned thing _yet_."

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