Meaning of “yes” in the English Dictionary

"yes" in British English

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yesadverb

uk /jes/ us /jes/ informal yeah, yep, yah

A1 used to express willingness or agreement:

"Would you like a glass of wine?" "Yes, thanks."
"Do you like Thai food?" "Yes, I love it."
"He's a really nice guy." "Yes, he is."
"Report to me at nine o'clock tomorrow morning." "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 negative statement:

"I'm not a very good cook, though." "Yes, you are - you make wonderful food!"

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yesnoun [ C ]

uk /jes/ us /jes/

(Definition of “yes” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"yes" in American English

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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 ] us /jes/

The answer is yes.

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(Definition of “yes” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)