Meaning of “yet” in the English Dictionary

"yet" in British 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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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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