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English definition of “yield”

yield

verb [I/T] (GIVE UP)   /jild/
to give up the control of or responsibility for something, often because you have been forced to: [T] to yield power If you yield to something, you accept that you have been defeated by it: [I] It’s easy to yield to the temptation to borrow a lot of money. To yield to traffic coming from another direction is to wait and allow it to go first.
(Definition of yield verb (GIVE UP) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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