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verb yield pronunciation in British English /jiːld/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleyielding
past tenseyielded
past participleyielded
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to produce something useful such as information or evidence
    yield results/benefits:

    The search for truth is beginning to yield fruitful results.

    1. a.
      to make a profit

      The combined investment is expected to yield £5,000 in the first year.

      yield a profit/return:

      This figure could yield a return high enough to provide a healthy pension.

    2. b.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] to finally agree to do what someone else wants you to do
    yield to:

    The sport should not yield to every demand that the television companies make.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] to stop controlling yourself and finally do something that you were trying not to do
      yield to:

      He paused a moment before yielding to angry resentment.

    2. b.
      [transitive] to give something to someone else
  3. 3
    [intransitive] American to allow another vehicle to go before you when you are driving
  4. 4
    [intransitive] formal if something yields when you push or pull it, it moves or bends

    We struggled with the lid, but it wouldn’t yield.

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