Definition of yet in US English:



  • 1Up until the present or a specified or implied time; by now or then.

    ‘I haven't told anyone else yet’
    ‘aren't you ready to go yet?’
    ‘I have yet to be convinced’
    with superlative ‘the congress was widely acclaimed as the best yet’
    • ‘I have been following his site for months and have yet to find one inaccurate or unfair statement.’
    • ‘The couple few back into Dublin soon after to celebrate but no date has yet been set for the wedding.’
    • ‘A reminder to all players who have not yet paid their membership to please do so as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Waking Hour, in fact, might be their best album yet.’
    • ‘Dates and venues for the sale of tickets have yet to be announced.’
    • ‘If these wines aren't on the shelves in store yet, they soon will be.’
    • ‘No cure has yet been found for the disease but Jonathan's father Don said they cannot give up trying.’
    • ‘It's the kind of diving for which the Kona coastline isn't famous yet, but soon will be.’
    • ‘You know, I didn't get a chance to eat yet.’
    • ‘We would appreciate if those who have not paid their contribution yet would do so as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Speaking at the ceremony, Staunton said that the standard of entry this year was the highest yet.’
    • ‘He says he is on target as far as members contributions are concerned but urges any member who has not yet responded to do so soon.’
    • ‘Davis has been governor for five years and the watchdog media have yet to ask him what his plan is.’
    • ‘Although we do not have specific price details yet, we will have, soon enough.’
    • ‘The military says the shortfall is over and soldiers who do not yet have the armor soon will.’
    • ‘The team is not ready to give up on the class yet, but it would like to see something soon.’
    • ‘The children had been sent to bed, and Ella soon followed, though it was not yet ten o'clock.’
    • ‘I have recommended this album to tens of people and I have yet to find anyone who doesn't like it.’
    • ‘Apparently it's the rugby football world cup or something at the moment, but I have yet to meet anyone who cares.’
    • ‘He said he hopes to leave Sunday, but has not yet decided on the length of his visit.’
    • ‘I wrote that chapter with that intention, but no one has mentioned it as of yet.’
    • ‘He said the verdict would be delivered soon although no date has been fixed yet.’
    • ‘One thing I haven't yet mentioned is flying, which is another thing I cannot understand.’
    • ‘They haven't actually released any data for it yet, but they've promised to soon.’
    so far, thus far, as yet, still, even now, up till now, up to now, until now, up to the present time
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    1. 1.1with negative As soon as the present or a specified or implied time.
      ‘wait, don't go yet’
      • ‘I don't need to sleep yet, it's still broad daylight.’
      • ‘He is contracted until the end of next season, and sees no reason to be talking about his future yet.’
      • ‘I continued to argue with my mother to try and persuade her that it is too soon and that I didn't want to leave just yet but it was no use.’
      • ‘‘Oh wait, we can't go yet, Gabe hasn't even seen what Geoff gave me!’ Alex said.’
      • ‘There was no sign of her father, so I decided not to mention the burglary yet.’
      • ‘She doesn't want to take life too seriously just yet, and her beaming smile at the end of her swim today was evidence of that.’
      • ‘I will start writing properly on the blog again in the future, but I can't say yet when that will be.’
      • ‘I didn't think you'd wake up right yet.’
      now, right now, at this time, at this moment in time
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    2. 1.2 From now into the future for a specified length of time.
      ‘I hope to continue for some time yet’
      • ‘The old man doesn't arrive for weeks yet; there is still plenty of time.’
      • ‘Because I got an early start, I plan to be around a long time yet.’
      • ‘My flight doesn't leave for a few hours yet.’
      • ‘He has got glandular fever and may be out for a while yet - so get well soon Marc from all of us.’
    3. 1.3 Referring to something that will or may happen in the future.
      ‘further research may yet explain the enigma’
      ‘I know she's alive and I'll find her yet’
      • ‘Having found himself back in the team in March, he may yet be marching to South Korea and Hong Kong soon.’
      • ‘Although the defender hasn't played for them for three years, he still clings to the hope that he might yet make it to the World Cup finals.’
      • ‘It's corny, derivative stuff, but it's still early days, the film could yet surprise us.’
      • ‘Voter registration among union members is up 23 percent so far this year, and could yet see a 30 percent increase.’
      • ‘As long as Brandt's got a good lawyer, he may yet have a future as a writer.’
      • ‘The affection felt for Skipton Hospital may yet prevent its closure, but its future remains far from certain.’
      • ‘But MacDonald indicated that a decision on her future may be weeks away and she may yet bow out of politics.’
      • ‘Deep divisions are already there that may yet hinder the effectiveness of the Nice Treaty.’
      • ‘With some improvement in attack they may yet be a team to reckon with in the future.’
      • ‘The serious contenders out of the way, who else has been mentioned and could yet spring a surprise from Mad Freddie?’
  • 2Still; even (used to emphasize increase or repetition)

    ‘snow, snow, and yet more snow’
    ‘yet another diet book’
    ‘the rations were reduced yet again’
    • ‘Worse yet was that many of the other permanent employees didn't seem to work much harder than we did.’
    • ‘At least the ordeal of yet another defeat was over sooner than expected.’
    • ‘A brief detente and the hope for a lasting peace have given way to acrimony yet again.’
    • ‘I think it's an absolute disgrace that the price is to rise yet again.’
    • ‘Worse yet, such a tax cut would look remarkably like a political payoff.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, a yet more generous policy might have paid political dividends.’
    • ‘Is it really in London's interest to have the already-elephantine Tate swell yet further?’
    • ‘We leaned yet closer, still ever so slowly, and soon our foreheads touched, resting against each other.’
    • ‘But this season he is driving as well as he ever has in the best car in the field and is on course to rewrite the record books yet again.’
    • ‘I think we are going to have yet another one very soon, which might not be the last one.’
    • ‘Marcia let out a little yelp as he let go of the branch too soon and it tore yet another hole in her skirt.’
    • ‘York City Knights winger Chris Smith is set for yet more knee surgery - but is confident of returning soon.’
    • ‘We find yet again our so-called leaders are engaged in point scoring of the pettiest nature.’
    • ‘Fred Matthews replaced Wade up front and he was soon in the thick of it as Ilkley won yet another scrum out right.’
    • ‘Worse yet, concert goers with floor tickets had to remain outside in front of Gate 2.’
    • ‘Instead Gerrard steadied himself, hit the shot that couldn't be stopped and yet again he'd saved the day.’
    • ‘Management today emphasised, yet again, that they had no wish to pay top dollar.’
    • ‘Playing for England provided yet bigger highs and lows.’
    • ‘A senior consultant said the operators are likely to appeal the decisions although they could face yet further legal action from consumer groups.’
    • ‘But facing yet more budget cutbacks, the journal, which has been in financial peril since 1984, may not survive.’
    • ‘The company remains chipper about the future despite posting yet another quarterly loss.’
    even, still, further, in addition, additionally, besides, into the bargain, to boot
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  • 3Nevertheless; in spite of that.

    ‘every week she gets worse, and yet it could go on for years’
    • ‘Nothing has changed in the intervening two years and yet Mr Jones persists with his wildly exaggerated claims.’
    • ‘We are filled with sorrow, but yet, we are determined not to let this terror prevail.’
    • ‘When Bates took control, the board had gone some way to mitigating that position, and yet disaster still lurked.’
    • ‘The north-east is a strategic area and yet coverage of events there is pathetically meagre.’
    • ‘What does society do about someone who kills someone accidentally but yet has chosen to drive while drunk?’
    • ‘So many changes to the town and surrounding lands have already taken place and yet there are many more to come.’
    • ‘We have changed our lives in astounding ways since civilization began, and yet commerce has remained a constant.’
    • ‘Stories go in and out of focus in the news, eventually hardening into history, and yet history can be misleading.’
    • ‘And yet you would never tell from his body language that things are going horribly wrong.’
    • ‘And yet in his own life he goes to great lengths to avoid company, even though he does get lonely.’
    • ‘And yet their oeuvre nevertheless seems to have a consistent thread running through it.’
    • ‘And yet Brazil, though top of the world rankings, are not the top team in South America right now.’
    • ‘We do not care enough about our teachers, and yet we entrust them with our future - our youth.’
    • ‘My life is going to change so much and become harder, so quickly, and yet I already have so many problems.’
    • ‘Ferguson stretched his full length and yet managed to control his header superbly past Jussi Jaaskelainen.’
    • ‘The idea is that clubs can do whatever they want and yet fans will still turn out to watch their team play.’
    • ‘All that credibility and yet Oldham is one musical genius who arrived at his calling by accident.’
    • ‘There are bomb threats, security alerts, and yet life still goes on - it's got to.’
    • ‘One of the greatest figures in English Literature and yet not a mention, in her epitaph, of her achievements.’
    • ‘Yes conditions were that bad, and yet officials in their wisdom decided that the game should go ahead.’
    nevertheless, nonetheless, even so, but, however, still, notwithstanding, despite that, in spite of that, for all that, all the same, just the same, at the same time, be that as it may
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  • But at the same time; but nevertheless.

    ‘the path was dark, yet I slowly found my way’
    • ‘He walked into the team of that tournament, yet is never even mentioned as a potential Footballer of the Year.’
    • ‘The force of this threat is still unclear, yet its effect is already felt.’
    • ‘Sarah is in her second year of teaching yet has already been promoted to Head of Department.’
    • ‘Goulding still believes he could offer plenty to the game yet a future role is likely to be in a coaching capacity.’
    • ‘Nobody can predict the future - yet we know some farmers will see it as decision time.’
    • ‘Everyone has a favourite book as a child, the book that they can read over and over again year after year, yet never tire of.’
    • ‘The seedsmen claim this will form a compact yet spreading plant, although that sounds contradictory.’
    • ‘He was not an ordinary figure yet he never took himself or his labors to be extraordinary.’
    • ‘Any future is built on the past, yet the School of Scottish Studies is threatened with closure.’
    • ‘None of this is mentioned by Phillips, yet it is a scandal of massive proportions.’
    • ‘By now she's growing more fond of the kids, yet she never takes her eyes off the bonus money.’
    • ‘Its era is only little over 10 years old, yet the internet has already changed everything it touches.’
    • ‘The rich and the poor are worlds apart yet we are never told or never see the really horrific scenes.’
    • ‘He didn't consult with the community yet he declared the future business landscape of the Internet.’
    • ‘They travel the same route as I walk yet their feet never touch the pavement where mine do.’
    • ‘It is always too late to eat alone yet never too late to dine in company.’
    • ‘How many of us live close to a beach yet never take the time for a solitary daily walk there?’
    • ‘The sun beat down on Peter as he toiled away, never going away yet never truly coming out.’
    • ‘He has run fewer races yet has already won nearly ten times more prize money than Arkle.’
    • ‘She had affairs with appalling men yet was a good mother of the future king.’
    • ‘Their home soon became an elegant yet hospitable oasis at the core of the Bair ranch.’
    • ‘We are told the youth of today are our future, yet they are not given voice at the adult decision making table.’


  • nor yet

    • And also not.

      • ‘There was a haze on the air, not quite a summer haze nor yet an autumn mist.’
      • ‘He slipped quietly and unobtrusively through school, not a scholar, nor yet a dunce, quite good at sports and swimming, quiet and friendly with all, but with no close friends.’
      • ‘We don't know how long it will take, nor yet if we'll succeed.’
      • ‘When I go to bed I put my head on the pillow, shut my eyes and drop straight off into a nice, healthy sleep, not too deep nor yet too shallow.’
      • ‘The latter has neither been published nor yet given to the theatre.’
      • ‘Then he could not bear to look at it, nor yet to turn his back upon it.’
      • ‘If they are not the wise, nor yet the ignorant, who are they, then?’
      • ‘But the ‘Devil’ revealed here is not the cloven-footed demon of medieval folklore, nor yet his murderous human servants.’
      • ‘These are not indications of a completed peacekeeping mission, nor yet one that might be successfully handed over to noncombatants.’
      • ‘Not Siberian cold, of course, nor yet Canadian or New England cold.’


Old English gīet(a), of unknown origin.