Meaning of YIELD in English


I. yield 1 /jiːld/ BrE AmE verb

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: gieldan ]

1 . RESULT [transitive] to produce a result, answer, or piece of information:

Our research has only recently begun to yield important results.

2 . CROPS/PROFITS [transitive] to produce crops, profits etc:

Each of these oilfields could yield billions of barrels of oil.

The tourist industry yielded an estimated $2.25 billion for the state last year.

These investments should yield a reasonable return.


high-yielding crops


In everyday English, people usually say that something produces a result, a profit etc rather than yields it:

Each cow produces almost 20 litres of milk a day.

3 . AGREE UNWILLINGLY [intransitive and transitive] to allow yourself to be forced or persuaded to do something or stop having something:

The military has promised to yield power.

yield to

The hijackers refuse to yield to demands to release the passengers.

Further action may be necessary if the leaders do not yield to diplomatic pressure.

Finally she yielded to temptation and helped herself to a large slice of cake.


In everyday English, people usually say someone gives in to pressures, demands etc rather than yields to them:

I very much doubt the boss will give in to her demands.

4 . TRAFFIC [intransitive] American English to allow other traffic on a bigger road to go first SYN give way British English

yield to

Yield to traffic on the left.

5 . MOVE/BEND/BREAK [intransitive] to move, bend, or break because of physical force or pressure SYN give :

Ideally, the surface should yield slightly under pressure.

6 . GIVE UP FIGHTING [intransitive] literary to stop fighting and accept defeat SYN surrender

yield to something phrasal verb formal

if one thing yields to another, it is replaced by that thing SYN give way to something :

Laughter quickly yielded to amazement as the show went on.

yield something ↔ up phrasal verb formal

1 . to show or produce something that was hidden or difficult to find, or that people did not know about SYN throw up :

New research has yielded up some surprising discoveries.

2 . British English to give something that belongs to you to someone else, because you are forced to SYN surrender :

He would never yield up the castle to the English.

II. yield 2 BrE AmE noun [countable]

the amount of profits, crops etc that something produces:

The average milk yield per cow has doubled.

high/low yield

Shareholders are expecting a higher yield this year.

yield of

a yield of over six percent

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▪ amount how much of something there is:

Try to reduce the amount of fat in your diet.


a tiny amount of poison

▪ quantity a particular amount of food, liquid, or another substance that can be measured – used especially in written descriptions and instructions:

Make sure that you add the right quantity of milk.


They buy the wood in large quantities.

▪ volume the amount of something such as business activity or traffic, especially when this is large or increasing:

The volume of traffic on our roads has risen sharply.


the huge volume of trade with China

▪ level the exact amount of something at one time, which can go up or down at other times:

They measured the level of alcohol in his blood.


There is a high level of unemployment.

▪ proportion the amount of something, compared with the whole amount that exists:

the proportion of road accidents caused by drunk drivers


A high proportion of the students were from poor families.

▪ quota a maximum amount of something that can be produced, sold, brought into a country etc:

import quotas on Japanese cars

▪ yield /jiːld/ the amount of something that is produced, especially crops:

this year’s cotton yield

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