yes

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English yes, yis, from Old English ġēse, ġīse, ġȳse, *ġīese (yes, of course, so be it), equivalent to ġēa (yes", "so) + sī(e) (may it be). Compare yea.

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yes

  1. A word used to show agreement or acceptance.
    Yes, you are correct.
    Yes, you may go play outside now.
    Yes, sir, we have your package right here.
  2. A word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.
    It was not my fault we lost the race.
    Oh, yes, it was!

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Translations[edit]

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Usage notes[edit]

  • In Old and Middle English, yes was a more forceful affirmative than yea.
  • An example of yes used to disagree with a statement: the questions "You don’t want it, do you?" and "Don’t you want it?" are answered by "yes" if the respondent does want the item, and "no" if not. Many languages use a specific word for this purpose; see translation table above.

Interjection[edit]

yes!

  1. Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.
    Our second goal of the match! Yes!

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Noun[edit]

yes (plural yeses or yesses)

  1. An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
    Was that a yes?
  2. A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
    The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".

Synonyms[edit]

  • (answer that shows agreement or acceptance): aye, yea
  • (vote in support): aye, yea

Antonyms[edit]

  • (answer that shows agreement or acceptance): no, nay
  • (vote in support): nay

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Verb[edit]

yes (third-person singular simple present yeses, present participle yessing, simple past and past participle yessed)

  1. (colloquial, transitive) To agree with, to affirm, to approve.
    Did he yes the veto?
    1972 Oct, John Barth, “Perseid”, Harper's Magazine, page 79: 
    "That's really what you wanted?" I yessed both; ...
  2. (slang) To attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing.

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(to approve, to affirm): agree, consent

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Asturian[edit]

Verb[edit]

yes

  1. second-person singular present indicative of ser

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English yes.

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Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. (colloquial) yes!

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English yes.

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

yes

  1. (chiefly Quebec, colloquial) yes!

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Ido[edit]

Adverb[edit]

yes

  1. yes

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Novial[edit]

Particle[edit]

yes

  1. yes

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Tok Pisin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English yes.

Adverb[edit]

yes

  1. yes (all senses)