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yes

adverb [not gradable]  /jes/ us  
used to express approval, willingness, or agreement: "Would you like a glass of water?" "Yes, please." "Is Chambers Street in this direction?" "Yes, just keep going and you’ll come to it." If you would say yes (= agree), you’d save us all a lot of trouble. Yes can be used to show that you are ready to listen to someone or to answer someone’s request for information: "Daddy." "Yes, what do you want, honey?"
yes
noun [C]  /jes/ us  
The answer is yes.
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