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Yet \Yet\, n. (Zool.) Any one of several species of large marine gastropods belonging to the genus Yetus, or Cymba; a boat shell. [1913 Webster]
Yet \Yet\, adv. [OE. yet, [yogh]et, [yogh]it, AS. git, gyt, giet, gieta; akin to OFries. ieta, eta, ita, MHG. iezuo, ieze, now, G. jetzo, jetzt.] [1913 Webster]
In addition; further; besides; over and above; still. "A little longer; yet a little longer." --Dryden. [1913 Webster] This furnishes us with yet one more reason why our savior, lays such a particular stress acts of mercy. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster] The rapine is made yet blacker by the pretense of piety and justice. --L'Estrange. [1913 Webster]
At the same time; by continuance from a former state; still. [1913 Webster] Facts they had heard while they were yet heathens. --Addison. [1913 Webster]
Up to the present time; thus far; hitherto; until now; -- and with the negative, not yet, not up to the present time; not as soon as now; as, Is it time to go? Not yet. See As yet, under As, conj. [1913 Webster] Ne never yet no villainy ne said. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
Before some future time; before the end; eventually; in time. "He 'll be hanged yet." --Shak. [1913 Webster]
Even; -- used emphatically. [1913 Webster] Men may not too rashly believe the confessions of witches, nor yet the evidence against them. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]
Yet \Yet\, conj. Nevertheless; notwithstanding; however. [1913 Webster] Yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. --Matt. vi.
[1913 Webster] Syn: See However. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

yet adv
1 up to the present time; "I have yet to see the results"; "details are yet to be worked out"
2 used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present time; "So far he hasn't called"; "the sun isn't up yet" [syn: so far, thus far, up to now, hitherto, heretofore, as yet, til now, until now]
3 to a greater degree or extent; used with comparisons; "looked sick and felt even worse"; "an even (or still) more interesting problem"; "still another problem must be solved"; "a yet sadder tale" [syn: even, still]
4 within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time; "he will understand eventually"; "he longed for the flowers that were yet to show themselves"; "sooner or later you will have to face the facts"; "in time they came to accept the harsh reality" [syn: eventually, sooner or later, in time, one of these days]
5 used after a superlative; "this is the best so far"; "the largest drug bust yet" [syn: so far]
6 despite anything to the contrary (usually following a concession); "although I'm a little afraid, however I'd like to try it"; "while we disliked each other, nevertheless we agreed"; "he was a stern yet fair master"; "granted that it is dangerous, all the same I still want to go" [syn: however, nevertheless, withal, still, all the same, even so, nonetheless, notwithstanding]

Moby Thesaurus

above, additionally, after a while, after all, again, albeit, all included, all the same, along, already, also, although, altogether, among other things, and all, and also, and so, as well, as yet, at all events, at any rate, au reste, before, before all, beside, besides, beyond, but, by this time, earlier, early, else, en plus, ere, ere then, erenow, even, even so, eventually, except, extra, farther, finally, for all that, for lagniappe, formerly, further, furthermore, heretofore, hereunto, hitherto, howbeit, however, in addition, in any case, in any event, in due course, inter alia, into the bargain, item, just the same, likewise, more, moreover, nevertheless, nonetheless, notwithstanding, on the side, on top of, or ever, over, plus, previously, priorly, rather, save, similarly, so far, someday, sometime, somewhen, sooner or later, still, then, then as previously, theretofore, therewith, though, thus far, till now, to boot, to date, to this day, too, ultimately, until now, until this time, up to now, when






  1. 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.
    When she started school, child was not yet able to tie her shoe laces.
  2. Continuously up to this or that time; still.
    The workers went to the factory early and are striking yet.
  3. At some future time; eventually.
    The riddle will be solved yet.
  4. In addition.
    There are two hours yet to go until our destination. ''




  1. Nevertheless; however; but; despite that.
    I thought I knew you, yet how wrong I was.

Derived terms


Yet is a common English word that when used as a conjunction, is equivalent to "but" or "nevertheless".
However, used as an adverb, yet defines an action's persistence in time. Perhaps uniquely in English, the word can define an action in the past, present or future:
  • I have never yet been late.
  • I yet stand.
  • I will yet arrive.
Also, yet is a local dialect term in lowland Scotland and Cumbria for a gate.
Yet may also refer to:
  • YET, the IATA airport code for Edson Airport, Alberta, Canada
  • YET, Youth, Europe and Theatre project

See Also

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yet in Italian: YET
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