Yield v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yielded; obs. p. p. Yold p. pr. & vb. n. Yielding.]
1. 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.
To yelde Jesu Christ his proper rent. --Chaucer.
When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. --Gen. iv. 12.
2. To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth. “Vines yield nectar.”
[He] makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak.
The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. --Job xxiv. 5.
3. 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.
And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown. --Shak.
Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame. --Milton.
4. To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. --Milton.
5. To permit; to grant; as, to yield passage.
6. To give a reward to; to bless. [Obs.]
Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more,
And the gods yield you for 't. --Shak.
God yield thee, and God thank ye. --Beau. & Fl.
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.
One calmly yields his willing breath. --Keble.
Yield·ing, a. Inclined to give way, or comply; flexible; compliant; accommodating; as, a yielding temper.
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.
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.
-- Yield*ing*ly, adv. -- Yield*ing*ness, n.
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]
n 1: a verbal act of admitting defeat [syn: giving up, surrender]
2: the act of conceding or yielding [syn: concession, conceding]