- 1Used to give an affirmative response: ‘Do you understand?’ ‘Yes.’More example sentences
all right, alright, very well, of course, by all means, sure, certainly, absolutely, indeed, affirmative, in the affirmative, agreed, rogerScottish, Northern English, & • archaic ayeNautical aye ayeNorth American • informal surelyIndian • informal acha• archaic or • formal yea
- 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!
- 1.1Expressing agreement with a positive statement: ‘That was a grand evening.’ ‘Yes, it was.’More example sentences
- 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.
- 6Expressing irritation or impatience: ‘Is the pain still there?’ ‘Yes, yes, damn you, the pain is always there’More example sentences
- 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)Back to top
- An affirmative answer or decision, especially in voting: answering with assured and ardent yesesMore example sentences
- 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.’More example sentences
- 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'.