Main definitions of yea in English

: yea1yea2

yea1

adverb

Archaic, formal
  • 1Yes.

    ‘she has the right to say yea or nay’
    • ‘It will forever remain a bastion of virtue, faith and, yea, the Truth!’
    • ‘Even my heart was cramping up. I was afraid to say anything beyond yea or nay and even with those single syllables I stuttered.’
    • ‘But in the end, if somebody has to say, yea or nay, I am that person.’
    • ‘But, even though Waters had no real power to say yea or nay to their ideas, they were eager please the Pope of Trash (as William Burroughs once dubbed him).’
    • ‘The gay marriage thing is not so much about beliefs as about politicians saying yea or nay to this, it's not really about the church.’
    • ‘But do not forget that at the end of the day it will be a Plans Panel of councillors (not including me) who say either yea or nay, so the more people who write to protest the better.’
    • ‘So yea and verily it came to pass, like a storm force wind from the breath of God, a great wailing and gnashing of teeth arose from the multitude.’
    • ‘I'm unlikely to commit firmly to a date via email - I'd prefer to meet people in person before saying yea or nay - but you can get a head start by introducing yourself to me electronically before the con begins.’
    • ‘From now on, every three months we will have to send their details to immigration again to get them to say yea or nay.’
    all right, alright, very well, of course, by all means, sure, certainly, absolutely, indeed, affirmative, in the affirmative, agreed, roger
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    1. 1.1Used to emphasize a more appropriate word than one just used.
      ‘he was full, yea, crammed with anxieties’
      • ‘The Turks became such powerful political brokers in late 16th-century Europe that the French humanist Michel de Montaigne concluded that ‘the mightiest, yea the best settled estate that is now in the world is that of the Turkes’.’
      • ‘And many were the prophets and spiritual guides, yea, countless were they: they sprang from the dust and to dust they returned.’
      • ‘If we deny ourselves in anything, that our hearts stand strongly for, because it hinders us in holy courses, God will be sure to recompense us in spiritual things abundantly, yea, and in temporal things many times.’
      • ‘Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further.’

noun

Archaic, formal
  • 1An affirmative answer.

    ‘the British government would give the final yea or nay’
    • ‘What, you must be wondering, is the correct response, yea or nay?’
    • ‘I have weighed the yeas and nays with the kind of practiced, not to say jaundiced, assay that those of us in the opining rackets routinely bring to such emotionally resonant issues as, say, tax policy or the federal highway fund.’
    • ‘As to whether the number of cardinals has increased or not in your yards, the nays slightly outnumbered the yeas and ‘no changes.’’
    • ‘Surely, it must be the members to say yea or nay, and I have no problem with the party deciding - that's the point of democracy.’
    • ‘Regional managers make the yea or nay decision afterward.’
    • ‘Boral basically says it's reserved its options, looking at the ACCC reasoning and will get back to us with a final, definitive yea or nay to continue or abort the deal.’
    • ‘He then announced with solemn formality, ‘On this vote, there are 65 yeas and 32 nays.’’
    • ‘Feedback on the yea or nay would be extremely appreciated.’
    • ‘Come up with details to support your yea or nay verdict.’
    • ‘Rather than a simple yea or nay response, she provides examples of particular situations in which local conditions of pluralism both hinder and facilitate participation and vitality.’
    • ‘As I say, regardless of what was contained in the Revised Criminal Code, as usual, the yeas would easily outnumber the nays at the end of the day.’
    • ‘If there's a problem on the floor, the proper channels, the paperwork, seeing all the different people before you can get a yea or nay - it all takes time.’
    • ‘So I have untill wed next week to give the final yea or nay.’
    • ‘Passage of this so-called fast-track or trade-promotion authority would limit Congress' role in shaping future trade agreements to a simple yea or nay.’
    • ‘Yes, I - in the sense that this is not a classic sort of debate where you have the yeas and the nays, but, instead, what you have are questions presented to each of the candidates.’
    • ‘Because the nays plus the abstentions were more than the yeas, the proposal failed.’
    • ‘As this is our first formal review of products of this type, we think it best to postpone giving a formal yea or nay until we've had a chance to try out the competition's offerings.’
    • ‘As it turned out, about six of the questions were unanswerable, unless you wanted to boil down your various views to a yea or nay.’
    • ‘Letting consumers know that quick response is available for all services makes a big difference between a yea or nay from a customer when it comes to ordering and keeping services.’
    • ‘Which underscores the risk of such a process in which the Opposition needs only to say yea or nay, with responsibility for delivery on what was agreed reserved to the Government.’
    1. 1.1(in the US Congress) an affirmative vote.
      • ‘In most parts of the country any vote on this - yea or nea - will instantly make you a lot of enemies.’
      • ‘But a moment's thought leads you to the obvious corollary: Republicans control the Senate, which means it was Republicans, not just Democrats, who didn't want to be tied down to a firm yea or nay.’
      • ‘As you know, he's on the Judiciary Committee, which must vote yea or nay on sending her nomination to the full Senate.’
      • ‘Must President Bush come before Congress, the Senate for example, and ask for a yea or nay vote on war with Iraq?’
      • ‘By a roll call vote of 12 yeas to 19 nays, the amendment was defeated.’
      • ‘To end debate in the Senate and force a vote requires a successful motion for ‘cloture,’ which takes 60 yeas to pass.’
      • ‘Specter and Landrieu upset a critical Appropriations Committee vote by switching from yea to nay.’
      • ‘Can we say, ‘I vote yea on the confirmation of Alberto Gonzalez for Attorney general?’’
      • ‘He has demanded that U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick apply tighter restrictions to them before Congress votes yea or nay.’
      • ‘Dr. Brzezinski, had you been a member of the Congress and asked to vote on that resolution authorizing the use of force for President Bush if necessary against Iraq, would you have voted yea or nay?’
      • ‘The goal of the TRAC will be to propose a new tax system which will get a quick decision from Congress, yea or nay.’
      • ‘A two-month ballot period will follow for a vote of yea or nay, with only editorial comments allowed.’

Origin

Old English gēa, gē, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German ja.

Pronunciation:

yea

/jeɪ/

Main definitions of yea in English

: yea1yea2

yea2

adverb

  • variant spelling of yay