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  • IPA(key): /jiːld/
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  • Rhymes: -iːld

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English yielden, yelden, ȝelden (to yield, pay), from Old English ġieldan (to pay), from Proto-West Germanic *geldan, from Proto-Germanic *geldaną (to pay), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ- (to pay).


yield (third-person singular simple present yields, present participle yielding, simple past yielded or (obsolete) yold, past participle yielded or (obsolete) yolden)

  1. to give
    1. (obsolete) To pay, give in payment; repay, recompense; reward; requite.
    2. To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth.
    3. To give, or give forth, (anything).
      • 1610–1611 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act I, scene ii]:
        [] We'll visit Caliban, my slave, who never / Yields us kind answer.
      • 2008, BioWare, Mass Effect (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →ISBN, →OCLC, PC, scene: Protheans: Data Discs Codex entry:
        Despite all the evidence confirming the existence of the Protheans, little is known about their culture and society. From time to time, dig sites will yield new clues, but after 50,000 years of decay, little of value is unearthed.
  2. To give up; to surrender or capitulate.
    1. To give as demanded; to relinquish.
      They refuse to yield to the enemy.
    2. To give way; to allow another to pass first.
      Yield the right of way to pedestrians.
    3. (intransitive) To give way; to succumb to a force.
      • 1897, Bram Stoker, chapter 21, in Dracula, New York, N.Y.: Modern Library, →OCLC:
        He turned the handle as he spoke, but the door did not yield. We threw ourselves against it. With a crash it burst open, and we almost fell headlong into the room.
    4. (engineering, materials science, of a material specimen) To pass the material's yield point and undergo plastic deformation.
    5. (rare) To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
  3. to produce
    1. To produce as return, as from an investment.
      Historically, that security yields a high return.
    2. (mathematics) To produce as a result.
      Adding 3 and 4 yields a result of 7.
    3. (linguistics) To produce a particular sound as the result of a sound law.
      Indo-European p- yields Germanic f-.
  • submit - To fully surrender
  • capitulate - To end all resistance, may imply a compensation with an enemy or to end all resistance because of loss of hope
  • succumb - To fully surrender, because of helplessness and extreme weakness, to the leader of an opposing force
  • relent - A yielding because of pity or mercy
  • defer - A voluntary submitting out of respect, reverence or affection
  • give way - To succumb to persistent persuasion.
  • surrender - To give up into the power, control, or possession of another
  • cede - To give up, give way, give away
  • give up - To surrender
  • produce - To make (a thing) available to a person, an authority, etc.
  • bear - To produce something, such as fruit or crops
  • supply - To provide (something), to make (something) available for use
  • give in
  • to trade away - to let others get hold of a property or right of yours.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English ȝeld, from Old English ġield, from Proto-West Germanic *geld, from Proto-Germanic *geldą (reward, gift, money), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰeldʰ- (to pay).


yield (countable and uncountable, plural yields)

  1. (obsolete) Payment; tribute.
  2. A product; the quantity of something produced.
    Zucchini plants always seem to produce a high yield of fruit.
  3. The explosive energy value of a bomb, especially a nuke, usually expressed in tons of TNT equivalent.
  4. (law) The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.
    • 2013 July 6, “The rise of smart beta”, in The Economist, volume 408, number 8843, page 68:
      Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.
  5. (finance) Profit earned from an investment; return on investment.
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Unadapted borrowing from English yield.[1][2]


yield f or m (plural yields)

  1. (finance) yield (the current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond)