Yield Definition

yēld
yielded, yielding, yields
verb
yielded, yielding, yields
To give forth by a natural process, especially by cultivation.
A field that yields many bushels of corn.
American Heritage
To produce or bear.
A mine that has yielded poorly.
Webster's New World
To produce.
Webster's New World
To furnish as return for effort or investment; be productive of.
An investment that yields a high return.
American Heritage
To give up under pressure; surrender.
To yield oneself up to pleasure.
Webster's New World
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noun
yields
The act of yielding, or producing.
Webster's New World
The amount yielded or produced; return on labor, investment, taxes, etc.; product.
Webster's New World
A profit obtained from an investment; a return.
American Heritage
The ratio of the annual cash dividends or of the earnings per share of a stock to the market price.
Webster's New World
The force in kilotons or megatons of a nuclear or thermonuclear explosion.
Webster's New World
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The return that is earned on an investment. For example, a bond that pays 7 percent interest yields 7 percent, which also may be called the nominal yield. Current yield, however, gives the actual interest rate that will be earned. To obtain current yield, divide the amount of interest earned annually, using the bond’s interest rate, by the purchase price. In contrast, the yield to maturity is the effective interest rate that is earned if the bond is held until it matures.
Webster's New World Finance

Other Word Forms of Yield

Noun

Singular:
yield
Plural:
yields

Origin of Yield

  • From Middle English yielden, yelden (“to yield, pay"), from Old English Ä¡ieldan (“to pay"), from Proto-Germanic *geldanÄ… (“to pay"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ°eldÊ°- (“to pay"). Cognate with Scots yield (“to yield"), North Frisian jilden (“to pay"), West Frisian jilde (“to pay"), Dutch gelden (“to apply, be count or valued"), German gelten (“to have worth or value, be valid, count"), Icelandic gjalda (“to pay, yield, give").

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English ȝeld, from Old English Ä¡ield, from Proto-Germanic *geldÄ… (“reward, gift, money"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ°eldÊ°- (“to pay"). Compare West Frisian jild, Dutch geld, Low German and German Geld, Danish gjæld, Swedish gäld, Icelandic gjald. See also geld.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English yielden from Old English geldan to pay

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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