- At this time; for the present: isn't ready yet.
- Up to a specified time; thus far: The end had not yet come.
- At a future time; eventually: may yet change his mind.
- Besides; in addition: returned for yet another helping.
- Still more; even: a yet sadder tale.
- Nevertheless: young yet wise.
And despite this; nevertheless: She said she would be late, yet she arrived on time.
Origin of yet
Middle English from
Old English gīet
; see i-
in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present yets, present participle yetting, simple past and past participle yetted)
- (dialectal) To melt; found; cast, as metal.
- (dialectal) A metal pan or boiler; yetling.
From Middle English yeten, from Old English Ä¡Ä“otan (“to flow, pour"), from Proto-Germanic *geutanÄ… (“to flow, pour"), from Proto-Indo-European *ÇµÊ°ew-, *ÇµÊ°Åw- (“to pour"). Cognate with Scots yat (“to yet"), West Frisian jitte (“to scatter, shed, pour"), Dutch gieten (“to pour, cast, mould"), German gieÃŸen (“to pour, cast, mould"), Swedish gjuta (“to pour, cast"). More at yote.
- (usually with negative) Thus far; up to the present; up to some specified time.
- He has never yet been late for an appointment; I'm not yet wise enough to answer that; Have you finished yet?
- Continuously up to the current time; still.
- The workers went to the factory early and are striking yet.
- At some future time; eventually.
- The riddle will be solved yet.
- (after certain copulative verbs, followed by an infinitive) Not as of the time referenced.
- I've yet to see him. "” I have not yet seen him.
- I had yet to go to a convention. "” I had not yet gone to a convention.
- He seemed yet to be convinced. "” He seemed not yet to have been convinced.
- In addition.
- There are two hours yet to go until our destination.
- (degree) Even.
- K-2 is yet higher than this.
- Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.
- I thought I knew you, yet how wrong I was.
From Middle English yet, yit, from Old English Ä¡Ä«et, gÈ³ta, from Proto-Germanic *iÃºta (compare West Frisian jit, Dutch ooit "˜ever', German jetzt "˜now'), compound of (1) *Ä«Ìui (adv.) "˜ever' (see English aye), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚iÌ¯Ã©u-, accusative of *hâ‚‚Ã©iÌ¯us "˜long time' and (2) the intensifying enclitic *-ta, from Proto-Indo-European *do. More at aye and -th.