yield

[yeeld]
verb (used with object)
1.
to give forth or produce by a natural process or in return for cultivation: This farm yields enough fruit to meet all our needs.
2.
to produce or furnish (payment, profit, or interest): a trust fund that yields ten percent interest annually; That investment will yield a handsome return.
3.
to give up, as to superior power or authority: They yielded the fort to the enemy.
4.
to give up or surrender (oneself): He yielded himself to temptation.
5.
to give up or over; relinquish or resign: to yield the floor to the senator from Ohio.
6.
to give as due or required: to yield obedience.
7.
to cause; give rise to: The play yielded only one good laugh.
verb (used without object)
8.
to give a return, as for labor expended; produce; bear.
9.
to surrender or submit, as to superior power: The rebels yielded after a week.
10.
to give way to influence, entreaty, argument, or the like: Don't yield to their outrageous demands.
11.
to give place or precedence (usually followed by to ): to yield to another; Will the senator from New York yield?
12.
to give way to force, pressure, etc., so as to move, bend, collapse, or the like.
noun
13.
the act of yielding or producing.
14.
something yielded.
15.
the quantity or amount yielded.
16.
Chemistry. the quantity of product formed by the interaction of two or more substances, generally expressed as a percentage of the quantity obtained to that theoretically obtainable.
17.
the income produced by a financial investment, usually shown as a percentage of cost.
18.
a measure of the destructive energy of a nuclear explosion, expressed in kilotons of the amount of TNT that would produce the same destruction.

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English y(i)elden, Old English g(i)eldan to pay; cognate with German gelten to be worth, apply to; (noun) late Middle English, derivative of the v.

yielder, noun
outyield, verb (used with object)
underyield, noun
underyield, verb (used without object)
unyielded, adjective


1. furnish, supply, render, bear. 3. abandon, abdicate, waive, forgo. Yield, submit, surrender mean to give way or give up to someone or something. To yield is to concede under some degree of pressure, but not necessarily to surrender totally: to yield ground to an enemy. To submit is to give up more completely to authority, superior force, etc., and to cease opposition, although usually with reluctance: to submit to control. To surrender is to give up complete possession of, relinquish, and cease claim to: to surrender a fortress, one's freedom, rights. 6. render. 10. give in, comply, bow. 14. fruit. See crop.


4. resist.
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yield (jiːld)
 
vb (often foll by up) (sometimes foll by to) (often foll by to)
1.  to give forth or supply (a product, result, etc), esp by cultivation, labour, etc; produce or bear
2.  (tr) to furnish as a return: the shares yielded three per cent
3.  to surrender or relinquish, esp as a result of force, persuasion, etc
4.  to give way, submit, or surrender, as through force or persuasion: she yielded to his superior knowledge
5.  to agree; comply; assent: he eventually yielded to their request for money
6.  (tr) to grant or allow; concede: to yield right of way
7.  obsolete (tr) to pay or repay: God yield thee!
 
n
8.  the result, product, or amount yielded
9.  the profit or return, as from an investment or tax
10.  the annual income provided by an investment, usually expressed as a percentage of its cost or of its current value: the yield on these shares is 15 per cent at today's market value
11.  the energy released by the explosion of a nuclear weapon expressed in terms of the amount of TNT necessary to produce the same energy
12.  chem the quantity of a specified product obtained in a reaction or series of reactions, usually expressed as a percentage of the quantity that is theoretically obtainable
 
[Old English gieldan; related to Old Frisian jelda, Old High German geltan, Old Norse gjalda, Gothic gildan]
 
'yieldable
 
adj
 
'yielder
 
n

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yield
O.E. geldan (Anglian), gieldan (W.Saxon) "to pay" (class III strong verb; past tense geald, p.p. golden), from P.Gmc. *geldanan "pay" (cf. O.S. geldan "to be worth," O.N. gjaldo "to repay, return," M.Du. ghelden, Du. gelden "to cost, be worth, concern," O.H.G. geltan, Ger. gelten "to be worth," Goth.
fra-gildan "to repay, requite"), perhaps from PIE *ghel-to- "I pay," found only in Balto-Slavic and Gmc., unless O.C.S. zledo, Lith. geliuoti are Gmc. loan-words. Sense developed in Eng. via use to translate L. reddere, Fr. rendre, and had expanded by c.1300 to "repay, return, render (service), produce, surrender." Related to M.L.G. and M.Du. gelt, Du. geld, Ger. Geld "money." Earliest Eng. sense survives in financial "yield from investments." The noun is O.E. gield "payment, sum of money;" extended sense of "production" (as of crops) is first attested c.1440. Yielding in sense of "giving way to physical force" is recorded from 1665.
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yield definition


The income from a fixed-income security as a percentage of its market price. For example, if the market price of a bond declines, its yield rises.

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Example sentences
Because the earnings yield is a rate of return, it can be directly compared with other rates of return.
High yield is one factor magazines use to rank colleges.
No, it was not ready in time for the feast and the yield ended up being a mere trifle.
It was evident no reaction engine would ever yield true space travel.
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