- Yes is defined as an affirmative answer that indicates acceptance, or delight, or it can be used to attract attention or to ask a question.
- When someone asks you if you are ready to go and you are ready to go, this is an example of a time when you might say "yes."
- When someone asks if you agree with a statement they made, this is an example of a time when you might say "yes, I do."
- When you want to ask someone if they agree with your opinion on a sports game, this is an example of a time when you might say 'Good game, yes?"
- When you score a goal and are really excited, this is an example of a time when you might shout "yes!"
A woman says yes to a marriage proposal.
- aye; yea; it is so: the opposite of no, used to express agreement, consent, affirmation, or confirmation
- not only that, but more; moreover [ready, yes, eager to help]
Origin of yesMiddle English ; from Old English gese, yes, probably ; from gea, yea + si, be it so, 3d person; personal (grammar) singular , present tense subject, subjective , of beon, to be: see be
- it is so; aye; yea: the opposite of no
- Informal good, that's it, I've got it, etc.: spoken emphatically in expressing satisfaction, agreement, pleasure, etc.
- what is it? do you wish to say (or add) something?: used in inquiry
- is it so?: used in conversation to express polite interest
- the act of saying yes; affirmative reply; agreement
- an affirmative vote or a person voting this wayalso aye, yea
nounpl. yes·es also yes·ses
- An affirmative or consenting reply.
- An affirmative vote or voter.
transitive verbyessed yessed, yes·sing, yes·es also yes·ses
Origin of yesMiddle English, from Old English gēse, so be it! : probably gēa, so; see i- in Indo-European roots + sīe, may it be so; see es- in Indo-European roots.
- In Old and Middle English, yes was a more forceful affirmative than yea.
- An example of yes used to disagree with a statement: the questions "You don’t want it, do you?" and "Don’t you want it?" are answered by "yes" if the respondent does want the item, and "no" if not. Many languages use a specific word for this purpose; see translation table above.
(plural yeses or yesses)
- An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
- Was that a yes?
- A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.
- The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty "yeses" and one "no".
(third-person singular simple present yeses, present participle yessing, simple past and past participle yessed)