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Yield \Yield\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yielded; obs. p. p. Yold; p. pr. & vb. n. Yielding.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost, to be worth, G. gelten, OHG. geltan to pay, restore, make an offering, be worth, Icel. gjalda to pay, give up, Dan. gielde to be worth, Sw. g[aum]lla to be worth, g[aum]lda to pay, Goth. gildan in fragildan, usgildan. Cf. 1st Geld, Guild.] [1913 Webster]
To give in return for labor expended; to produce, as payment or interest on what is expended or invested; to pay; as, money at interest yields six or seven per cent. [1913 Webster] To yelde Jesu Christ his proper rent. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. --Gen. iv.
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To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth. "Vines yield nectar." --Milton. [1913 Webster] [He] makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster] The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. --Job xxiv.
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To give up, as something that is claimed or demanded; to make over to one who has a claim or right; to resign; to surrender; to relinquish; as a city, an opinion, etc. [1913 Webster] And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To admit to be true; to concede; to allow. [1913 Webster] I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
To permit; to grant; as, to yield passage. [1913 Webster]
To give a reward to; to bless. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more, And the gods yield you for 't. --Shak. [1913 Webster] God yield thee, and God thank ye. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] To yield the breath, To yield the breath up, To yield the ghost, To yield the ghost up, To yield up the ghost, or To yield the life, to die; to expire; -- similar to To give up the ghost. [1913 Webster] One calmly yields his willing breath. --Keble. [1913 Webster]
Yielding \Yield"ing\, a. Inclined to give way, or comply; flexible; compliant; accommodating; as, a yielding temper. [1913 Webster] Yielding and paying (Law), the initial words of that clause in leases in which the rent to be paid by the lessee is mentioned and reserved. --Burrill. [1913 Webster] Syn: Obsequious; attentive. Usage: Yielding, Obsequious, Attentive. In many cases a man may be attentive or yielding in a high degree without any sacrifice of his dignity; but he who is obsequious seeks to gain favor by excessive and mean compliances for some selfish end. [1913 Webster] -- Yield"ing*ly, adv. -- Yield"ing*ness, n. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

yielding adj
1 inclined to yield to argument or influence or control; "a timid yielding person"
2 lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure; "a deep yielding layer of foam rubber"
3 tending to give in or surrender or agree; "too yielding to make a stand against any encroachments"- V.I.Parrington
4 happy to comply [syn: complying, obliging]


1 a verbal act of admitting defeat [syn: giving up, surrender]
2 the act of conceding or yielding [syn: concession, conceding]

Moby Thesaurus

abandonment, abatement of differences, abdication, abjuration, abjurement, acceptance, accommodating, accommodation, acquiescence, acquiescent, adaptable, adjustment, agreeable, amenable, arrangement, assent, bargain, bearing, bendable, bending, biddable, bouncy, cession, complaisance, compliance, compliant, composition, compromise, concession, consent, convenient, cop-out, deal, deference, desertion of principle, dispensation, disposal, disposition, docile, dropping out, ductile, dumping, elastic, evasion of responsibility, extensible, extensile, fabricable, facile, feasible, fictile, flexible, flexile, flexuous, foolproof, forgoing, formable, formative, forswearing, fructiferous, fructification, fruitbearing, fruiting, fruition, getting rid of, give-and-take, giving, giving up, giving way, handing over, handy, homage, impressible, impressionable, kneeling, letting go, like putty, limber, lissome, lithe, lithesome, malleable, manageable, maneuverable, manipulable, moldable, mushy, mutual concession, nonopposal, nonopposition, nonresistance, nonresistant, nonresisting, obedience, obedient, obeisance, obliging, pappy, passiveness, passivity, plastic, pliable, pliant, practical, producing, pulpy, quaggy, recantation, receptive, release, relinquishment, renouncement, renunciation, resignation, resigned, resignedness, resilient, responsive, retraction, riddance, rubbery, sacrifice, sensitive, sequacious, settlement, shapable, soft, spongy, springy, squashy, squelchy, squishy, squushy, subjection, submission, submissive, submittal, supineness, supple, surrender, susceptible, swearing off, tractable, tractile, unaustere, undemanding, understanding, unexacting, unharsh, unresistant, unresisting, unsevere, unstrict, untroublesome, waiver, whippy, wieldable, wieldy, willowy, withdrawing




  1. docile, or inclined to give way to pressure


  1. a concession
Yielding is a form of social etiquette, with one person allowing access to another person or persons.
In political elections, a losing candidate may yield to the other candidate. This process is known as concession. Preferably this is to be done after the votes are counted.
In traffic, drivers entering a larger road are usually required to yield to cars in the larger road to avoid a fiery collision.
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