Definition of yield in English:



  • 1[with object] Produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product)

    ‘the land yields grapes and tobacco’
    • ‘They live in destitution while the land yields billions of dollars annually to the people who took it away.’
    • ‘It will also yield valuable manure, provided it is not mixed with inorganic waste like plastic.’
    • ‘The breakdown of porphyrin yields bilirubin, a product that is non-polar and therefore, insoluble.’
    • ‘North America is the largest producer of flaxseed and related products that yield millions of tons of fiber.’
    • ‘Since that land would not be totally barren or completely isolated, it would yield some product.’
    • ‘Repeated amplifications using the same templates yielded products with identical DNA sequences.’
    • ‘In 17 of 19 cases PCR yielded nonspecific products or failed.’
    • ‘His grass farm had begun to yield a new product: profits.’
    • ‘Of all sugary plant produce, none yields a commodity as highly valued or widely grown as grape wine.’
    • ‘The two reactions each yielded a product of 1.5 kb.’
    • ‘The complete metabolism of cane sugar and its complete combustion yield the same products: carbon dioxide and water.’
    • ‘Cross-referencing among chapters is excellent, yielding a product that appears more integrated than such symposium-product volumes often are.’
    • ‘Further experiments, however, yielded a refined product that reduced the side effects.’
    produce, bear, give, supply, provide, afford, return, bring in, pull in, haul in, gather in, fetch, earn, net, realize, generate, furnish, bestow, pay out, contribute
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    1. 1.1(of an action or process) produce or deliver (a result or gain)
      ‘this method yields the same results’
      • ‘Although his methods could never yield accurate results, they did show that the sun was much further from the earth than was the moon.’
      • ‘Since results from both methods yielded consistent results, only parametric analyses are presented.’
      • ‘Such strong methods have yielded results.’
      • ‘The challenge yields some intriguing results, but it ultimately leaves one desperate for real content.’
      • ‘It's too bad that the return on your investment doesn't always yield the big gains you want.’
      • ‘This method yielded excellent results because there was improvement of 15 to 20 per cent each time a teacher repeated the exercise.’
      • ‘Cultures of fluid and biopsy tissue are the diagnostic methods most likely to yield positive results.’
      • ‘There are more direct and quicker methods that yield similar results.’
      • ‘It has been shown that he needed to make further assumptions for his methods to yield the results that he claimed for them.’
      • ‘It is an important investment and should yield results in the coming years.’
      • ‘As these methods had yielded such splendid results from nature, they must have something to say about human societies.’
      • ‘Both methods yielded similar results.’
      • ‘Our results yielded a nonsignificant effect.’
      • ‘The same data submitted to different clustering methods can yield different results.’
      • ‘It yields the same result.’
      • ‘The students' opinions of distance learning versus traditional methods yielded mixed results.’
      • ‘Both methods yielded similar results in terms of the estimated growth rates.’
      • ‘The direct tax proposals will yield a gain of $2,000’
      • ‘If the first experience with a film yields positive results, clients will likely be enthusiastic about similar homework assignments in the future.’
      • ‘If this solution yields no result you may have a dead card.’
    2. 1.2(of a financial or commercial process or transaction) generate (a specified financial return)
      ‘such investments yield direct cash returns’
      • ‘These arrangements can yield distribution and processing savings on both sides.’
  • 2[no object] Give way to arguments, demands, or pressure.

    ‘the Western powers now yielded when they should have resisted’
    ‘he yielded to the demands of his partners’
    • ‘He didn't really want the job but yielded to public pressure.’
    • ‘Cooper yielded to the pressure in the 13 th minute.’
    • ‘In May 1915 Vienna reluctantly yielded to German pressure.’
    • ‘As the state yielded to the power of the mob, German men were forcibly removed from their homes, often ostensibly for their own protection.’
    • ‘The Japanese government yielded to these demands.’
    • ‘Halifax chiefs are understood to have yielded to Bank of Scotland's demand that the new company be sited in the Scottish capital.’
    • ‘At the age of 76, Jenkins finally yielded to public demand and performed at Carnegie Hall on October 25, 1944.’
    • ‘But it later yielded to nearly all the striking truckers' demands.’
    • ‘This weekend, the administration yielded to his demands and agreed to include a disputed 30 month period in calculating his pension entitlements.’
    • ‘Finally, he partially yielded to their argument.’
    • ‘He yielded to pressure by sharing power with a Prime Minister.’
    • ‘She yielded to their demands.’
    • ‘It is reported that the company yielded to the toughest demand to avoid government intervention.’
    • ‘The councillors may have yielded to pressure.’
    • ‘Workers yielded to pressure and resumed work yesterday, without any improvement, in laying the cross-country pipeline.’
    • ‘In any event Spencer yielded to pressure and resigned in 1893.’
    • ‘The authority yielded to American pressure.’
    • ‘He finally yielded to her demands.’
    • ‘She yielded to pressure from her contemporaries.’
    • ‘He might have yielded to pressure to save his position.’
    surrender, capitulate, submit, relent, admit defeat, accept defeat, concede defeat, back down, climb down, quit, give in, give up the struggle, lay down one's arms, raise the white flag, show the white flag, knuckle under
    accede to, submit to, bow down to, defer to, comply with, conform to, agree to, consent to, go along with, be guided by, heed, note, pay attention to
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    1. 2.1[with object]Relinquish possession of (something); give (something) up.
      ‘they might yield up their secrets’
      ‘they are forced to yield ground’
      • ‘There's absolutely no reason to yield up either and we will not.’
      • ‘The Ospreys struggled to secure quality first-phase possession, naively throwing long at the lineout, which often yielded possession back to the enthusiastic Blues.’
      • ‘The ordinary people refused to yield up their humanity.’
      • ‘Scholars do not yield their ground readily unless the evidence against their position is overwhelming.’
      • ‘Without yielding much ground, I sympathize.’
      • ‘We understood that overwhelming love drove them to yield up their babies in a hope that they may have a better future.’
      • ‘Science must not yield any of its own ground.’
      • ‘They are still refusing to yield up their weapons.’
      • ‘We were going to wait and see whether they responded to the call to yield up the people responsible.’
    2. 2.2[with object]Cease to argue about.
      ‘I yielded the point’
    3. 2.3(especially in a legislature) allow another the right to speak in a debate.
      ‘I yield to the gentleman from Kentucky’
    4. 2.4North American Give right of way to other traffic.
      • ‘A preliminary investigation indicates she was at fault for failing to yield to oncoming traffic….’
      • ‘He said under the new traffic system, motorists drive around the green as they would around a roundabout, yielding to traffic coming from the right and travelling in a clockwise direction.’
      • ‘The safety authority wanted all vehicles approaching a T-junction from a minor road to yield to right-turning traffic from a through road.’
      • ‘Motorists will be able to proceed through the intersection after yielding to circulating traffic on the left.’
    5. 2.5(of a mass or structure) give way under force or pressure.
      ‘he reeled into the house as the door yielded’
      • ‘The upper right-hand corner yielded to a slight pressure.’
      • ‘The structure yields.’


  • 1The full amount of an agricultural or industrial product.

    ‘the milk yield was poor’
    • ‘Producers have reduced yields and controlled fermentation temperatures in an attempt to capture the distinct aroma of the grape.’
    • ‘Milk yield is dependent on a good energy intake and a crude protein of 16.5% in the diet.’
    • ‘There is still time, though, for winter wheat to be drilled and to produce reasonable yields.’
    • ‘In the office and industrial sectors, yields are likely to be less than 5% at present.’
    • ‘The result has often been poor yields and high production costs.’
    • ‘Agricultural yields were improving and the development of turnpike roads and canals later in the century enabled food to be transported more quickly to areas of shortage.’
    • ‘In the case of cereals, grain is the primary yield and total production depends on the number of plants per area, tillers per plant, number of ears per tiller, grains per ear and mass per grain.’
    • ‘Yields of cereal grains are likely to decrease in the tropics where many countries are already under water stress.’
    • ‘It must be optimized to produce yields in excess of 100 bushels per acre.’
    • ‘Genetically engineered super plants are expected to boost agricultural yields significantly.’
    • ‘The majority of the continent's population is employed in agriculture characterized by low yields and low labor productivity.’
    • ‘The significance of soil salinity for agricultural yields is enormous.’
    • ‘The high yields of the stock market can be exploited either by letting individuals invest their money in the market or by having the government invest it there for them.’
    • ‘Scientists warn that such changes could affect agricultural yields, timber harvests and water resource productivity.’
    • ‘While the yield of a product is carefully monitored, the amount of waste generated has until recently been of less concern.’
    • ‘They need Phosphorus and Potassium to produce high yields and to persist.’
    • ‘It severely reduces agricultural yields and productivity.’
    • ‘Organic farmers use natural controls and work with nature's cycles to produce healthful, abundant yields.’
    • ‘He said Government had spent enough resources in the agricultural sector which should produce a good yield.’
    • ‘The ultimate goal of credit is to produce yields for both the bank and the debtor.’
    1. 1.1Finance
      The amount of money brought in, e.g., interest from an investment or revenue from a tax; return.
      ‘an annual dividend yield of 20 percent’
      • ‘A Fresh Strategy for Bonds Earnings will come from yields, not price gains’
      • ‘US shares returned a total yield for the period of less than zero, giving the lie to the often-heard pronouncement that long-term stock market returns are always healthy.’
      • ‘Becoming a real landlady is a lot of work and the apartment market is only returning an annual yield of about 2.5%, barely enough to cover inflation.’
      • ‘I will increase my investment in British commercial property, as prices have weakened and rental yields are strong.’
      • ‘He said that the Fed still had ammunition to fight the deflation threat and hinted that it might consider market operations to drive long-term yields lower.’
      • ‘While Twain was most impressed with the productivity of Hawaiian acreage, both in terms of yields and returns on capital, he devoted the bulk of his article to a discussion of labour.’
      • ‘The yields at which investors have the opportunity to get into both markets look sensible.’
      • ‘Such price increases in bonds would, sooner or later, be reversed and yields would return to their average levels seen in the past.’
      • ‘The four smaller operators offer juicy yields of around 6% or more.’
      • ‘This is pushing prices up and resulting in yields returning to 2000 levels.’
    2. 1.2Chemistry
      The amount obtained from a process or reaction relative to the theoretical maximum amount obtainable.
      • ‘Eventually, 16 glycoconjugated porphyrins 3 and 5 were obtained in moderate yield.’
      • ‘The weight of each arrow reflects the relative yield of each dissipative process, in a non-proportional manner.’
      • ‘These new constraints sometimes conflict: maximum yield is often obtained with large amounts of N, increasing the risks of N leaching.’
      • ‘Pod tissue was illuminated in various gas phases until a steady fluorescence yield was obtained.’
      • ‘Instead, a weak negative association was found with relative tuber yield.’
    3. 1.3(of a nuclear weapon) the force in tons or kilotons of TNT required to produce an equivalent explosion.
      ‘yields ranging from five kilotons to 100 tons’
      • ‘Nuclear weapon yields are measured as kilotons or megatons (one million tons of TNT).’
      • ‘It renders nuclear yields, for example, in terms not of kilotons, which is the convention, but of pounds of TNT equivalent.’
      • ‘Chapelcross is Britain's only producer of tritium, a radio-active gas which is essential for boosting the explosive yield of nuclear bombs.’
      • ‘Clearly laid out are the step-by-step improvements in the safety, weight, and yield of American nuclear weapons, and in their readiness for use.’
      • ‘It has long been established that you get decreasing destructive force for the yield used as it goes higher.’


Old English g(i)eldan pay, repay, of Germanic origin. The senses produce, bear and surrender arose in Middle English.