from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give something against one's will.
  • v. To disclose something hidden.

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

  • v. surrender, as a result of pressure or force


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • He was soaked in minutes but ignored it—on board ship you were wet at least as often as you were dry—and concentrated on the pleasure, the rush of excitement he felt watching Canton Star yield up her treasure.

    City of Glory

  • And Leclère, with fiendish ken, seemed to divine each particular nerve and heartstring, and with long wails and tremblings and sobbing minors to make it yield up its last shred of grief.


  • “I fear even as thou fearest, nor will I yield up my part to thee; for it was I directed thee to it.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • The biggest properties would have to be subdivided, yield up some of their acreages to the war veterans.

    The Thorn Birds

  • The topmost shelf of every closet was made to yield up its secret, cellar and coal-bin were probed to their darkest depths and, as a final stage in the lustral rites, the entire house was swathed in penitential white and deluged with expiatory soapsuds.

    The House of Mirth

  • He declared that it had been decided by the Council of Aix-la-Chapelle that he should be sent to Nivelle to enforce the rules of St. Benoit, which must be followed by all religious bodies; this rule being that all the devotees of Nivelle were required to take upon themselves the vow of perpetual virginity, to acknowledge themselves dependent upon their bishop in all secular matters, and finally to yield up to Valcand all temporal power at Nivelle.

    Memories of Jane Cunningham Croly

  • King of France, to yield up to him the kingdom of Lothaire; he aided him in his efforts against the Saracens, and, after his death (875), strove to comfort his widow Engelberga.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 8: Infamy-Lapparent

  • In the seventh year of that Union, four million Catholics, lured by all kinds of promises to yield up the separate dignity and sovereignty of their country, are forced to squabble with such a man as Mr. Spencer Perceval for five thousand pounds with which to educate their children in their own mode of worship; he, the same Mr. Spencer, having secured to his own

    Sydney Smith


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.