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yoke

noun [C] uk   /jəʊk/ us    /joʊk/

yoke noun [C] (FOR ANIMALS)

a wooden bar that is fastened over the necks of two animals, especially cattle, and connected to the vehicle or load that they are pulling

yoke noun [C] (IN CLOTHING)

a fitted part of a piece of clothing, especially a strip that goes around the shoulders or waist, to which is sewn a looser piece of material

yoke noun [C] (CONNECTION)

formal something that connects two things or people, usually in a way that unfairly limits freedom: the yoke of marriage Both countries had thrown off the communist yoke.

yoke

verb uk   /jəʊk/ us    /joʊk/

yoke verb (ANIMALS)

[T] to put a yoke on animals, especially cattle, so that they are fastened together and to a connected vehicle or load: Two oxen yoked to a plough walked wearily up and down the field.

yoke verb (THINGS)

[T often passive] formal to combine or connect two things: All these different political elements have somehow been yoked together to form a new alliance.
Translations of “yoke”
in Spanish yugo, balancín, canesú…
in French joug, palanche, empiècement…
in German das Joch, die Schultertrage, die Passe…
in Chinese (Traditional) 木條, 軛, (尤指)牛軛…
in Chinese (Simplified) 木条, 轭, (尤指)牛轭…
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