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English

Etymology

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Old English ġēse, probably from ġēa ‘yes’ + sīe ‘be it’. Compare yea.

Pronunciation

Adverb

yes (not comparable)

Positive
yes

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. A word used to show agreement or acceptance.
    Yes, you are correct.
    Yes, you may go to the bathroom now.
    Yes, sir, we have your package right here.
  2. A word used to indicate disagreement or dissent in reply to a negative statement.
    It was not my fault we lost the race.
    Oh, yes, it was!

Synonyms

Antonyms

  • Standard form: no
  • Nautical, military, telecommunications: negative
  • Dialect or archaic forms: nay
  • Colloquial or slang forms: ixnay, nah, naw, nope

Translations

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Usage notes

  • 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 he or she does not. Many languages use a specific word for this purpose; see translation table above.


Interjection

yes!

  1. Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.

Antonyms

Translations

Noun

Singular
yes

Plural
es

yes (es)
  1. An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.
    Was that a yes?
  2. 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".

Synonyms

  • (answer that shows agreement or acceptance): aye, yea
  • (vote in support): aye, yea

Antonyms

  • (answer that shows agreement or acceptance): no, nay
  • (vote in support): nay

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to yes

Third person singular
yeses

Simple past
yessed

Past participle
-

Present participle
yessing

to yes (third-person singular simple present yeses, present participle yessing, simple past and past participle yessed)
  1. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To agree with, to affirm.
    Did he yes the veto?
  2. (slang) To attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing.

Translations

Derived terms


Ido

Adverb

yes

  1. yes

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