From Middle English yet, yit, from Old English ġīet, gȳta, from Proto-Germanic *juta (compare West Frisian jit, jitte (“yet”), Dutch ooit (“ever”), German jetzt (“now”)), compound of (1) *ju (“ever”, adverb) (see aye), from Proto-Indo-European *h₂yew-, accusative of *h₂óyu (“long time”) and (2) the Proto-Germanic *ta (“to,towards”) , from Proto-Indo-European *do. More at aye and -th.
yet (not comparable)
- (usually with negative) Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time; still
- He has never yet been late for an appointment; We don't yet know what must have happened; I’m not yet wise enough to answer that; Have you finished yet?
- Continuously up to the current time; still.
- The workers went to the factory early and are striking yet.
- 1730, Joseph Addison, The Evidences Of The Christian Religion
- facts they had heard while they were yet heathens
- At some future time; eventually; still.
- The riddle will be solved yet.
- (after certain copulative verbs, followed by an infinitive) Not as of the time referenced.
- I've yet to see him. — I have not yet seen him.
- I had yet to go to a convention. — I had not yet gone to a convention.
- He seemed yet to be convinced. — He seemed not yet to have been convinced.
- In addition.
- 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
- It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
- 2011 September 18, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 41-10 Georgia”, in BBC Sport:
- After yet another missed penalty by Kvirikashvili from bang in front of the posts, England scored again, centre Tuilagi flying into the line and touching down under the bar.
- There are two hours yet to go until our destination.
- (degree) Even.
- K-2 is yet higher than this.
- 1631, [Francis Bacon], “(please specify |century=I to X)”, in Sylua Syluarum: Or A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries. […], 3rd edition, London: […] VVilliam Rawley; [p]rinted by J[ohn] H[aviland] for William Lee […], OCLC 1044372886:
- Men may not too rashly believe the confessions of witches, nor yet the evidence against them.
- (up to some specified time): erenow, so far, to date; see also Thesaurus:hitherto or Thesaurus:formerly
- (continuously up to the current time): even now, still
- (at some future time): at last, in time, sooner or later; see also Thesaurus:eventually or Thesaurus:subsequently
- (not at the time referenced): still
- (in addition): besides, further, moreover; see also Thesaurus:additionally
- (even): still
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- Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.
- I thought I knew you, yet how wrong I was.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0147:
- Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
- 1913, Mrs. [Marie] Belloc Lowndes, chapter I, in The Lodger, London: Methuen, OCLC 7780546; republished in Novels of Mystery: The Lodger; The Story of Ivy; What Really Happened, New York, N.Y.: Longmans, Green and Co., […], , OCLC 2666860, page 0016:
- Thus the red damask curtains which now shut out the fog-laden, drizzling atmosphere of the Marylebone Road, had cost a mere song, and yet they might have been warranted to last another thirty years. A great bargain also had been the excellent Axminster carpet which covered the floor; […].
- 2013 May 25, “No hiding place”, in The Economist, volume 407, number 8837, page 74:
- In America alone, people spent $170 billion on “direct marketing”—junk mail of both the physical and electronic varieties—last year. Yet of those who received unsolicited adverts through the post, only 3% bought anything as a result.
From Middle English yeten, from Old English ġēotan (“to flow, pour”), from Proto-Germanic *geutaną (“to flow, pour”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰewd- (“to pour”). Cognate with Scots yat (“to yet”), West Frisian jitte (“to scatter, shed, pour”), Dutch gieten (“to pour, cast, mould”), German gießen (“to pour, cast, mould”), Swedish gjuta (“to pour, cast”). More at yote.
yet (plural yets)
- female (animal)
yet (not comparable)
- 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Jenesis 3:16:
- Na God i tokim meri olsem, “Bai mi givim yu bikpela hevi long taim yu gat bel. Na bai yu gat bikpela pen long taim yu karim pikinini. Tasol bai yu gat bikpela laik yet long man bilong yu, na bai em i bosim yu.”
- 1989, Buk Baibel long Tok Pisin, Port Moresby: Bible Society of Papua New Guinea, Jenesis 1:26:
- Bihain God i tok olsem, “Nau yumi wokim ol manmeri bai ol i kamap olsem yumi yet. Bai yumi putim ol i stap bos bilong ol pis na ol pisin na bilong olgeta kain animal na bilong olgeta samting bilong graun.”