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Meaning of “yes” in the English Dictionary

"yes" in British English

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yesadverb

uk   us   /jes/ (informal yeah, yep, yah)
A1 used to ​expresswillingness or ​agreement: "Would you like a ​glass of ​wine?" "Yes, ​thanks." "Do you like Thai ​food?" "Yes, I ​love it." "He's a really ​niceguy." "Yes, he is." "Report to me at nine o'clock ​tomorrowmorning." "Yes, ​sir." "Have you had enough to ​eat?" "Yes, ​thank you." If you'd say yes (= ​agree) to the ​request you'd ​avoid a lot of ​trouble.yes, sir US used for ​emphasis: We ​visited all 50 ​states, yes ​sir, all 50.A1 used to show that you are ​listening to someone, or that you are ​ready to ​listen and to give them an ​answer or ​information: "Dad." "Yes, what do you ​want, ​honey?" Yes, can I ​help you?A2 used when you are ​disagreeing with a ​negativestatement: "I'm not a very good ​cook, though." "Yes, you are - you make ​wonderfulfood!"

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yesnoun [C]

uk   us   /jes/
(Definition of yes from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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yesadverb [not gradable]

 us   /jes/
used to ​expressapproval, ​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]  us   /jes/
The ​answer is yes.
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