Definition of yes in English:

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Pronunciation: /jɛs/


1Used to give an affirmative response: ‘Do you understand?’ ‘Yes.’
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  • My response is yes, and that is a danger that we worked out when we took the decision.
  • I don't hear a lot of calls on behalf of economic officials saying, yes, please come and invest.
  • I asked Craig if he would consider making a jump with him, Craig's response was a resounding yes!
all right, alright, very well, of course, by all means, sure, certainly, absolutely, indeed, affirmative, in the affirmative, agreed, roger
Scottish , Northern English , & archaic aye
Nautical  aye aye
informal yeah, yah, yep, yup, uh-huh, okay, OK, okey-dokey, okey-doke
British informal righto, righty-ho
North American informal surely
Indian informal acha
archaic or formal yea
1.1Expressing agreement with a positive statement: ‘That was a grand evening.’ ‘Yes, it was.’
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  • Although felt extremely happy when I heard that, I could not give a big positive yes at the moment he asked.
  • Of course, yes, certainly, it was a chance to be associated with the games.
  • We would be in a better position economically now, yes, definitely.
1.2Asked at the end of a statement to indicate the expectation of agreement: you think I perhaps killed Westbourne, yes?
1.3Expressing contradiction of a negative statement: ‘You don’t want to go.’ ‘Yes, I do.’
2Used as a response to someone addressing one or trying to attract one’s attention: ‘Oh, Mr Lawrence.’ ‘Yes?’
3Used to question a remark: ‘It should be easy to check.’ ‘Oh yes? How?’
4Encouraging someone to continue speaking: ‘When you bought those photographs ...’ ‘Yes?’
5Expressing great pleasure or excitement: plenty to eat, including hot hamburger sandwiches (yes!)
6Expressing irritation or impatience: ‘Is the pain still there?’ ‘Yes, yes, damn you, the pain is always there’
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  • I start to drum my fingernails on my purse, out of habit, boredom, and yes, irritation.
  • Yes, yes, obviously I've an interest; obviously I'm hoping you're going to rush to the bookshop to buy mine.
  • Yes, yes, I know all of this will pass but why can't it pass NOW?

noun (plural yeses or yesses)

An affirmative answer or decision, especially in voting: answering with assured and ardent yeses
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  • Rilla counted them up as each name was called, and found a large majority of yesses.
  • I smiled thoughtfully to myself as I ticked off the amount of yeses on my fingers.
  • So, if you're reading this could you please post a yes or a no as to whether you are on the Organ Donor register.


yes and no

Partly and partly not: ‘Did it come as a surprise to you?’ ‘Yes and no.’
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  • Yet no one has offered to suggest that Ablett's woes are anything other than those of his own making - but I would argue yes and no?
  • The answer, like so many things in politics, is yes and no.
  • That is why the answer to your question is, yes and no.


Old English gēse, gīse, probably from an unrecorded phrase meaning 'may it be so'.

Words that rhyme with yes

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