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Yield (verb neuter)

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To Yield. v.n.

  1. To give up the conquest; to submit.

    He yields not in his fall;
    But fighting dies, and dying kills withal.
    Daniel.

            All is not lost: immortal hate,
    And courage never to submit or yield.
    Milton.

    If the inspiring and expiring organ of any animal be stopt, it suddenly yields to nature, and dies. Walton's Angler.

    There he saw the fainting Grecians yield,
    And here the trembling Trojans quit the field,
    Pursu'd by fierce Achilles.
    Dryden.

  2. To comply with any person.

    Considering this present age so full of tongue, and weak of brain, behold we yield to the stream thereof. Hooker.

    I see a yielding in the looks of France:
    Mark, how they whisper.
    Shakesp. King John.

    This supernatural soliciting, if ill,
    Why hath it given me earnest of success?
    If good, why do I yield to that suggestion,
    Whose horrid image doth upfix my hair?
    Shakesp. K. Lear.

    With her much fair speech she caused him to yield. Prov.

    The Jews have agreed to desire thee that thou wouldst bring down Paul; but do not thou yield unto them. Acts xxiii. 21.

  3. To comply with things.

    There could be no secure peace, except the Lacedemonians yielded to those things, which being granted, it would be no longer in their power to hurt the Athenians. Bacon.

                If much converse
    Thee satiate, to short absence I could yield.
    Milton.

  4. To concede; to admit; to allow; not to deny.

    If we yield that there is a God, and that this God is almighty and just, it cannot be avoided but that, after this life ended, he administers justice unto men. Hakewill.

  5. To give place as inferiour in excellence or any other quality.

    The fight of Achilles and Cygnus, and the fray betwixt the Lapithæ and Centaurs, yield to no other part of this poet. Dry.

    Tell me in what more happy fields
    The thistle springs, to which the lily yields?
    Pope.

Sources: The Bible - Acts (20) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Daniel, Samuel (28) · Dryden, John (788) · Hakewill, George (9) · Hooker, Richard (175) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Shakespeare's King Lear (144) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · The Bible - Proverbs (19) · Walton, Izaak (10)

Attributes: Verb Neuter (131)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Yield (verb neuter)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: February 16, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=6197.


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