Word of the Day: yield

Word of the Day
August 24, 2016
yield (verb, noun)
/yild/   sound icon
 
A yield sign
To yield means 'to surrender to authority,' 'to relinquish,' or 'to give in to something.' It also means 'to give as expected' and 'to cause something to happen.' In agriculture, yield means 'to produce through a natural process or after cultivation,' and, in business, 'to produce profit.' As a noun, a yield is both the act of producing and the quantity produced. In business, a yield is a profit or the income produced by an investment.

 

Example sentences
 
The rebels knew they were defeated and yielded to the police.
The speaker yielded the floor to the next guest.
The courtiers yielded obedience to the king.
The study yielded results.
This land yields good crops year after year.
The investment has yielded a tidy profit.
We hope to get a good yield from our raspberry plants this year.
What kind of yield should investors expect from this deal?

 

Did you know?
 
In the US, the yield traffic sign means that other traffic has the right of way (i.e., the right to go first) and you should let other drivers pass. It is different from a stop sign because if no cars are around, you don't have to stop. In the UK, this is called a give-way sign.
 
Other forms
 
yielder (noun), yieldable (adjective)
 
Origin
 
Yield dates back to before 900; the verb comes from the Middle English word y(i)elden and the Old English word g(i)eldan, meaning 'to pay;' it is a cognate with the German word gelten, meaning 'to be worth, apply to'; the noun first appears in late Middle English and is derivative of the verb.
 
 
 
 
 
Yield in other languages
 
 
 
 
Yield was suggested by Claudia V., from Uruguay
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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