Meaning of “yield” in the English Dictionary

"yield" in British English

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yieldverb

uk /jiːld/ us /jiːld/

yield verb (PRODUCE)

C2 [ T ] to supply or produce something positive such as a profit, an amount of food or information:

The investigation yielded some unexpected results.
Favourable weather yielded a good crop.

More examples

  • The process yields oil for industrial use.
  • Burning waste yields energy that can be used for electric power or heating.
  • The excavation yielded some superb artifacts.
  • Early radio equipment yielded poor sound quality.
  • The experiments yielded some surprising results.

yield verb (GIVE UP)

[ I or T ] to give up the control of or responsibility for something, often because you have been forced to:

They were forced to yield (up) their land to the occupying forces.
Despite renewed pressure to give up the occupied territory, they will not yield.

More examples

  • They refused to yield power.
  • They had to yield control of the river area.

yield verb (STOP)

[ I ] US UK give way to stop in order to allow other vehicles to go past, especially before you drive onto a bigger road:

If you're going downhill, you need to yield to bikers going uphill.

Phrasal verb(s)

yieldnoun [ C usually plural ]

uk /jiːld/ us /jiːld/

an amount of something positive, such as food or profit, that is produced or supplied:

Crop yields have risen steadily.
Yields on gas and electricity shares are consistently high.

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  • This year's yield was very large.
  • Scientists have greatly increased the yield of crops such as wheat, rice and corn.
  • Farmers add fertilizer to increase the yield.
  • The fertile soil enabled farmers to produce abundant yields.
  • Plant breeding has increased yields and has improved the nutritional value of several crops.

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

"yield" in American English

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yieldverb

us /jild/

yield verb (PRODUCE)

[ T ] to supply or produce something positive such as a profit, an amount of food, or information:

Some mutual funds are currently yielding 15% on new money invested.

[ T ] If something yields information, it provides it:

A letter found by the FBI last week may yield new clues.

yield verb (GIVE UP)

[ I/T ] to give up the control of or responsibility for something, often because you have been forced to:

[ T ] to yield power

[ I/T ] If you yield to something, you accept that you have been defeated by it:

[ I ] It’s easy to yield to the temptation to borrow a lot of money.

[ I/T ] To yield to traffic coming from another direction is to wait and allow it to go first.

yieldnoun [ C usually pl ]

us /jild/

yield noun [ C usually pl ] (PRODUCE)

a profit or an amount esp. of a crop produced:

Over the past 50 years, crop yields have risen steadily in the US.

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

"yield" in Business English

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yieldnoun [ C or U ]

uk /jiːld/ us

FINANCE the total amount of profit or income produced from a business or investment:

The bond's yield fell to 6.09%.
high/low yield These securities are speculative and may involve greater risks and have higher yields.
an increase/reduction in yield The payout on a 25-year policy is reduced to £100,271, which represents a reduction in yield from 13.3% to 13%.
a 30-day/30-year yield

PRODUCTION the total amount of a crop, product, etc. that is produced or supplied:

Over a 15-year period, the average yield of dairy cows in the UK had increased by 34%.
These salts continuously bombard agricultural soils, stressing plants and reducing crop yields.

MONEY the average amount of money that an airline receives from each passenger for each mile they travel or that a hotel receives from each guest for each night they stay:

Yield management is not really new to hoteliers, since identical rooms have been sold for higher prices during high season and for lower prices during low season for generations.

yieldverb [ T ]

uk /jiːld/ us

FINANCE to supply or produce a profit, income, etc.:

The stake, analysts say, could yield $700m a year in revenue.
British shares currently yield 3.3%.
yield profit/returns Even the most unglamorous sectors of the market can yield big returns.

PRODUCTION to supply or produce a crop, product, etc.:

Oil fields and reserves are yielding more oil than had been thought possible, because of technological advances.

to supply or produce information, results, etc.:

yield benefits/information/results Subsequent product tests yielded better results.
His emails to company executives yielded no response.

(Definition of “yield” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)