Meaning of “yet” in the English Dictionary

"yet" in English

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yet adverb (UNTIL NOW)

A2 still; until the present time:

I haven't spoken to her yet.
He hasn't finished yet.
"Are you ready?" "Not yet - wait a minute."
the best, worst, etc. yet

B2 the best, worst, etc. until now:

Of all the songs I've heard tonight, that's the best yet.
as yet C1 formal

until and including this time:

We haven't needed extra staff as yet, but we may in the future.
No ambulances had as yet managed to get across the river.

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yet adverb (IN THE FUTURE)

C1 from now and for a particular period of time in the future:

She won't be back for a long time yet.
Our holiday isn't for weeks yet.
have yet to

C2 If you have yet to do something, you have not done it:

They have yet to make a decision.

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yet adverb (EVEN NOW)

C2 even at this stage or time:

We could yet succeed - you never know.
You might yet prove me wrong.
He may win yet.

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yetadverb, conjunction

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B1 (and) despite that; used to add something that seems surprising because of what you have just said:

He's overweight and bald, (and) yet somehow, he's attractive.

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

"yet" in American English

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yet adverb [ not gradable ] (NOW/THEN)

(used in negative statements and questions) at this time or at that time; now or then:

"Is dinner ready?" "Not yet."
Has Janet finished her homework yet?
He had not yet decided what to do.

yet adverb [ not gradable ] (IN THE FUTURE)

in the future; still:

The best was yet to come.

yet adverb [ not gradable ] (IN ADDITION)

(used esp. when describing a long process or an event in a series) in addition; once more:

The governor commissioned yet another study.
She didn’t want to explain yet again why she was disappointed.

yet adverb [ not gradable ] (EVEN NOW)

even at this stage or time:

We may yet succeed – you never know.

yetconjunction, adverb [ not gradable ]

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yet conjunction, adverb [ not gradable ] (DESPITE THAT)

despite that:

Melissa was not doing well in her physics course, yet overall she had a B average.

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

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We are asking workers to be flexible, innovative and ever more productive, yet the fruits of this productivity increasingly benefit the shareholders alone.
If we are unaware of the challenges and the work which is yet to be done it will be difficult for us to make headway on equality issues.
Some businesses have become hi-tech businesses, because they managed to recycle certain materials, even materials which are not yet included in the directive.
We are not yet at the stage of talking specific figures, not yet at the input stage; in fact what we are discussing now is the output.
We should point out that they include a cobbler, a cemetery caretaker, a boy who is not even sixteen yet, and two old men.
At the moment, however, we are, of course, still in the discussion phase; the actual budget debate on the 2001 budget is yet to take place.
The content of the concept is understandable on merit, but it has not yet been legally recognised and will cause numerous problems.
Women account for more than half the earth' s population and yet remain unheard and under-represented within most political, economic and social spheres.
There are many emotional obstacles to this and yet it is important to take these steps and some have certainly been taken.

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