Definition of yet in 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’
    • ‘Davis has been governor for five years and the watchdog media have yet to ask him what his plan is.’
    • ‘He said the verdict would be delivered soon although no date has been fixed 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.’
    • ‘It's the kind of diving for which the Kona coastline isn't famous yet, but soon will be.’
    • ‘If these wines aren't on the shelves in store yet, they soon will be.’
    • ‘One thing I haven't yet mentioned is flying, which is another thing I cannot understand.’
    • ‘No cure has yet been found for the disease but Jonathan's father Don said they cannot give up trying.’
    • ‘The children had been sent to bed, and Ella soon followed, though it was not yet ten o'clock.’
    • ‘Apparently it's the rugby football world cup or something at the moment, but I have yet to meet anyone who cares.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have been following his site for months and have yet to find one inaccurate or unfair statement.’
    • ‘The military says the shortfall is over and soldiers who do not yet have the armor soon will.’
    • ‘A reminder to all players who have not yet paid their membership to please do so as soon as possible.’
    • ‘Dates and venues for the sale of tickets have yet to be announced.’
    • ‘Although we do not have specific price details yet, we will have, soon enough.’
    • ‘They haven't actually released any data for it yet, but they've promised to soon.’
    • ‘You know, I didn't get a chance to eat yet.’
    • ‘He said he hopes to leave Sunday, but has not yet decided on the length of his visit.’
    • ‘Waking Hour, in fact, might be their best album yet.’
    • ‘The team is not ready to give up on the class yet, but it would like to see something soon.’
    • ‘I have recommended this album to tens of people and I have yet to find anyone who doesn't like it.’
    • ‘I wrote that chapter with that intention, but no one has mentioned it as of yet.’
    • ‘The couple few back into Dublin soon after to celebrate but no date has yet been set for the wedding.’
    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 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.’
      • ‘He is contracted until the end of next season, and sees no reason to be talking about his future yet.’
      • ‘There was no sign of her father, so I decided not to mention the burglary yet.’
      • ‘‘Oh wait, we can't go yet, Gabe hasn't even seen what Geoff gave me!’ Alex said.’
      • ‘I didn't think you'd wake up right yet.’
      • ‘I don't need to sleep yet, it's still broad daylight.’
      • ‘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.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Because I got an early start, I plan to be around a long time yet.’
    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’
      • ‘Deep divisions are already there that may yet hinder the effectiveness of the Nice Treaty.’
      • ‘Voter registration among union members is up 23 percent so far this year, and could yet see a 30 percent increase.’
      • ‘But MacDonald indicated that a decision on her future may be weeks away and she may yet bow out of politics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Having found himself back in the team in March, he may yet be marching to South Korea and Hong Kong soon.’
      • ‘It's corny, derivative stuff, but it's still early days, the film could yet surprise us.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Still; even (used to emphasize increase or repetition)

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

    ‘every week she gets worse, and yet it could go on for years’
    • ‘There are bomb threats, security alerts, and yet life still goes on - it's got to.’
    • ‘And yet their oeuvre nevertheless seems to have a consistent thread running through it.’
    • ‘We do not care enough about our teachers, and yet we entrust them with our future - our youth.’
    • ‘The idea is that clubs can do whatever they want and yet fans will still turn out to watch their team play.’
    • ‘The north-east is a strategic area and yet coverage of events there is pathetically meagre.’
    • ‘And yet Brazil, though top of the world rankings, are not the top team in South America right now.’
    • ‘Nothing has changed in the intervening two years and yet Mr Jones persists with his wildly exaggerated claims.’
    • ‘Yes conditions were that bad, and yet officials in their wisdom decided that the game should go ahead.’
    • ‘We are filled with sorrow, but yet, we are determined not to let this terror prevail.’
    • ‘And yet you would never tell from his body language that things are going horribly wrong.’
    • ‘Stories go in and out of focus in the news, eventually hardening into history, and yet history can be misleading.’
    • ‘We have changed our lives in astounding ways since civilization began, and yet commerce has remained a constant.’
    • ‘All that credibility and yet Oldham is one musical genius who arrived at his calling by accident.’
    • ‘Ferguson stretched his full length and yet managed to control his header superbly past Jussi Jaaskelainen.’
    • ‘My life is going to change so much and become harder, so quickly, and yet I already have so many problems.’
    • ‘One of the greatest figures in English Literature and yet not a mention, in her epitaph, of her achievements.’
    • ‘And yet in his own life he goes to great lengths to avoid company, even though he does get lonely.’
    • ‘So many changes to the town and surrounding lands have already taken place and yet there are many more to come.’
    • ‘What does society do about someone who kills someone accidentally but yet has chosen to drive while drunk?’
    • ‘When Bates took control, the board had gone some way to mitigating that position, and yet disaster still lurked.’
    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’
    • ‘Its era is only little over 10 years old, yet the internet has already changed everything it touches.’
    • ‘The sun beat down on Peter as he toiled away, never going away yet never truly coming out.’
    • ‘He walked into the team of that tournament, yet is never even mentioned as a potential Footballer of the Year.’
    • ‘He was not an ordinary figure yet he never took himself or his labors to be extraordinary.’
    • ‘It is always too late to eat alone yet never too late to dine in company.’
    • ‘Their home soon became an elegant yet hospitable oasis at the core of the Bair ranch.’
    • ‘How many of us live close to a beach yet never take the time for a solitary daily walk there?’
    • ‘The seedsmen claim this will form a compact yet spreading plant, although that sounds contradictory.’
    • ‘None of this is mentioned by Phillips, yet it is a scandal of massive proportions.’
    • ‘The rich and the poor are worlds apart yet we are never told or never see the really horrific scenes.’
    • ‘By now she's growing more fond of the kids, yet she never takes her eyes off the bonus money.’
    • ‘He didn't consult with the community yet he declared the future business landscape of the Internet.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We are told the youth of today are our future, yet they are not given voice at the adult decision making table.’
    • ‘Any future is built on the past, yet the School of Scottish Studies is threatened with closure.’
    • ‘Goulding still believes he could offer plenty to the game yet a future role is likely to be in a coaching capacity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They travel the same route as I walk yet their feet never touch the pavement where mine do.’


  • nor yet

    • And also not.

      • ‘But the ‘Devil’ revealed here is not the cloven-footed demon of medieval folklore, nor yet his murderous human servants.’
      • ‘We don't know how long it will take, nor yet if we'll succeed.’
      • ‘If they are not the wise, nor yet the ignorant, who are they, then?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a haze on the air, not quite a summer haze nor yet an autumn mist.’
      • ‘Then he could not bear to look at it, nor yet to turn his back upon it.’
      • ‘The latter has neither been published nor yet given to the theatre.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Not Siberian cold, of course, nor yet Canadian or New England cold.’
      • ‘These are not indications of a completed peacekeeping mission, nor yet one that might be successfully handed over to noncombatants.’


Old English gīet(a), of unknown origin.