Definition of yield in English:


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Pronunciation: /jiːld


  • 1 [with object] Produce or provide (a natural, agricultural, or industrial product): the land yields grapes and tobacco
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    • Of all sugary plant produce, none yields a commodity as highly valued or widely grown as grape wine.
    • Cross-referencing among chapters is excellent, yielding a product that appears more integrated than such symposium-product volumes often are.
    • In 17 of 19 cases PCR yielded nonspecific products or failed.
  • 1.1Produce or generate (a result, gain, or financial return): this method yields the same results such investments yield direct cash returns
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    • There are more direct and quicker methods that yield similar results.
    • Such strong methods have yielded results.
    • This method yielded excellent results because there was improvement of 15 to 20 per cent each time a teacher repeated the exercise.
    produce, bear, give, supply, provide, afford, return, bring in, pull in, haul in, gather in, fetch, earn, net, realize, generate, furnish, bestow, pay out, contribute
    informal rake in
  • 3 [no object] (Of a mass or structure) give way under force or pressure: he reeled into the house as the door yielded
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    • The structure yields.
    • The upper right-hand corner yielded to a slight pressure.
    bend, give, flex, be flexible, be pliant


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  • 1An amount produced of an agricultural or industrial product: the milk yield was poor
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    • It severely reduces agricultural yields and productivity.
    • The majority of the continent's population is employed in agriculture characterized by low yields and low labor productivity.
    • Genetically engineered super plants are expected to boost agricultural yields significantly.
  • 1.1A financial return: an annual dividend yield of 20 per cent
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    • While Twain was most impressed with the productivity of Hawaiian acreage, both in terms of yields and returns on capital, he devoted the bulk of his article to a discussion of labour.
    • US shares returned a total yield for the period of less than zero, giving the lie to the often-heard pronouncement that long-term stock market returns are always healthy.
    • Becoming a real landlady is a lot of work and the apartment market is only returning an annual yield of about 2.5%, barely enough to cover inflation.
    profit, gain, return, reward, revenue, dividend, proceeds, receipts, earnings, takings; product, production, produce, output, crop, harvest; North American take
    informal pickings
    British informal bunce



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  • High yielders and heifers suffer most with tight grazing.
  • High yielders have not disappointed investors lately.
  • He is avoiding high yielders such as WH Smith, Northern Foods and Premier Foods.


Old English g(i)eldan 'pay, repay', of Germanic origin. The senses 'produce, bear' and 'surrender' arose in Middle English.

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