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

  • transitive v. To give forth by or as if by a natural process, especially by cultivation: a field that yields many bushels of corn.
  • transitive v. To furnish as return for effort or investment; be productive of: an investment that yields high percentages.
  • transitive v. To give over possession of, as in deference or defeat; surrender.
  • transitive v. To give up (an advantage, for example) to another; concede.
  • intransitive v. To give forth a natural product; be productive.
  • intransitive v. To produce a return for effort or investment: bonds that yield well.
  • intransitive v. To give up, as in defeat; surrender or submit.
  • intransitive v. To give way to pressure or force: The door yielded to a gentle push.
  • intransitive v. To give way to argument, persuasion, influence, or entreaty.
  • intransitive v. To give up one's place, as to one that is superior: yielded to the chairperson.
  • n. An amount yielded or produced; a product.
  • n. A profit obtained from an investment; a return.
  • n. The energy released by an explosion, especially by a nuclear explosion, expressed in units of weight of TNT required to produce an equivalent release: The atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of 20 kilotons.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pay, give in payment; repay, recompense; reward; requite.
  • v. To give way; to allow another to pass first.
  • v. To give as required; to surrender, relinquish or capitulate.
  • v. To give way; to succumb to a force.
  • v. To produce as return, as from an investment.
  • v. To produce as a result.
  • n. Payment; tribute.
  • n. A product; the quantity of something produced
  • n. The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Amount yielded; product; -- applied especially to products resulting from growth or cultivation.
  • intransitive v. To give up the contest; to submit; to surrender; to succumb.
  • intransitive v. To comply with; to assent.
  • intransitive v. To give way; to cease opposition; to be no longer a hindrance or an obstacle
  • intransitive v. To give place, as inferior in rank or excellence.
  • transitive v. To give in return for labor expended; to produce, as payment or interest on what is expended or invested; to pay.
  • transitive v. To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
  • transitive v. To permit; to grant.
  • transitive v. To give a reward to; to bless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give in payment; pay; repay; reward; requite; recompense.
  • To give in return, or by way of recompense; produce, as a reward or return for labor performed, capital invested, or some similar output.
  • To produce generally; bring forth; give out; emit; bear; furnish.
  • To afford; confer; grant; give.
  • To give up, as to a superior power or authority; quit possession of, as through compulsion, necessity, or duty; relinquish; resign; surrender: often followed by up.
  • To give up or render generally.
  • To admit the force, justice, or truth of; allow; concede; grant.
  • Synonyms To supply, render.
  • To accord.
  • To produce; bear; give a return for labor: as, the tree yields abundantly; the mines yielded better last year.
  • To give way, as to superior physical force, to a conqueror, etc.; give up a contest; submit; succumb; surrender.
  • To give way, in a moral sense, as to entreaty, argument, or a request; cease opposing; comply; consent; assent.
  • To give place, as inferior in rank or excellence.
  • n. Specifically, in forestry, the amount of wood at present upon, or which after a given period will be upon, a given area. See phrases below.
  • n. Payment; tribute.
  • n. That which is yielded; the product or return of growth, cultivation, or care; also, that which is obtained by labor, as in mines or manufactories.
  • n. The act of yielding or giving way, as under pressure.

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

  • v. bring in
  • n. an amount of a product
  • v. be flexible under stress of physical force
  • v. end resistance, as under pressure or force
  • v. move in order to make room for someone for something
  • n. the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
  • v. cease opposition; stop fighting
  • v. give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
  • v. give or supply
  • v. cause to happen or be responsible for
  • v. be willing to concede
  • v. be the cause or source of
  • v. give in, as to influence or pressure
  • v. be fatally overwhelmed
  • n. production of a certain amount
  • n. the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
  • v. consent reluctantly


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

Middle English yielden, from Old English geldan, to pay.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English yielden, yelden ("to yield, pay"), from Old English ġieldan ("to pay"), from Proto-Germanic *geldanan (“to pay”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ- (“to pay”). Cognate with Scots yield ("to yield"), North Frisian jilden ("to pay"), West Frisian jilde ("to pay"), Dutch gelden ("to apply, be count or valued"), German gelten ("to have worth or value, be valid, count"), Icelandic gjalda ("to pay, yield, give").



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