Meaning of YES in English


I. yes 1 S1 W1 /jes/ BrE AmE adverb spoken

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: gese ]


a) used as an answer to say that something is true or that you agree OPP no :

‘Is that real gold?’ ‘Yes.’

‘It was a great show.’ ‘Yes, it was.’

b) used as an answer to a question or statement containing a negative, to say that the opposite is true:

‘Sarah isn’t very intelligent, is she?’ ‘Yes, she is (=in fact, she is intelligent) !’

‘There isn’t any cereal left.’ ‘Yes, there is – it’s in the cupboard.’

2 . ANSWER TO OFFER/INVITATION used as an answer to say that you want something or want to do something OPP no :

‘Would you like a sandwich?’ ‘Yes, please.’

‘Would you like to come with us?’ ‘Yes, I’d love to.’

3 . ANSWER TO REQUEST used as an answer to say that you will do something, or that someone may do or have something OPP no :

‘Can I have a glass of water?’ ‘Yes, of course.’

He proposed to me and I said yes.

4 . yes, but ... used to show that you agree with what someone has said, but there is another fact to consider:

‘There are still a lot of problems with Jeff’s proposal.’ ‘Yes, but it’s the best one we have.’

5 . READY TO LISTEN/TALK used to show that you have heard someone or are ready to speak to someone:

‘Mike?’ ‘Yes?’

Yes sir, how can I help you?

6 . LISTENING used to show that you are listening to someone and want them to continue:

‘And so I tried phoning him ...’ ‘Yes ...’

7 . EXCITED/HAPPY used to show that you are very excited or happy about something:

Yes! Rivaldo’s scored again!

8 . oh yes

a) used to show that you do not believe what someone is saying:

‘There’s nothing going on between me and Jane. We’re just good friends.’ ‘Oh yes?’

b) used to show that you have remembered something:

Where’s my umbrella? Oh yes – I left it in the car.

9 . EMPHASIS used to emphasize that you mean what you have just said, even though it is surprising:

It took ten years – yes, ten whole years – to complete.

Yes, you heard me correctly – I said 1921.

10 . yes, yes used to show annoyance when someone is talking to you and you do not want to listen:

‘And don’t forget to lock the door!’ ‘Yes, yes, OK.’

11 . yes and no used to show that there is not one clear answer to a question:

‘Were you surprised?’ ‘Well, yes and no. I knew they were planning something, but I wasn’t sure what.’

⇨ ↑ yeah

II. yes 2 BrE AmE noun ( plural yeses or yesses ) [countable]

a vote, voter, or reply that agrees with an idea, plan, law etc OPP no :

According to the latest opinion poll, the noes have 60%, and the yeses have 40%.

—yes adjective :

a yes vote

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.