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Yield (verb active)

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To Yield. v.a. [ᵹlꝺan, Saxon, to pay.]

  1. To produce; to give in return for cultivation or labour.

    When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. Gen. iv. 12.

    Strabo tells us the mines at Carthagena yielded the Romans, per diem, to the value of twenty-five thousand drachms, eight hundred and seven pounds five shillings and ten pence. Arbuth.

  2. To produce in general.

    He makes milch kine yield blood. Shakespeare.

    The wilderness yieldeth food for them. Job xxiv. 5.

    All the substances of an animal, fed even with acescent substances, yield by fire nothing but alkaline salts. Arbuthnot.

  3. To afford; to exhibit.

    Philoclea would needs have her glove, and not without so mighty a lour as that face could yield. Sidney.

    The mind of man desireth evermore to know the truth, according to the most infallible certainty which the nature of things can yield. Hooker.

    If you take the idea of white, which one parcel of snow yielded yesterday to your sight, and another idea of white from another parcel of snow you see to-day, and put them together in your mind, they run into one, and the idea of whiteness is not at all increased. Locke.

  4. To give as claimed of right.

                I the praise
    Yield thee, so well thou hast this day purvey'd.

  5. To allow; to permit.

    I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. Milton.

                Life is but air,
    That yields a passage to the whistling sword,
    And closes when 'tis gone.
    Dryden's Don Sebastian.

  6. To emit; to expire.

            Often did I strive
    To yield the ghost; but still the envious flood
    Kept in my soul, and would not let it forth
    To find the empty, vast and wand'ring air.
    Shak. Rich. III.

    He gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost. Gen. xlix. 33.

  7. To resign; to give up.

    He not yielding over to old age his country delights, especially of hawking, was at that time, following a merlin, brought to see this injury offered unto us. Sidney.

    Thus I have yielded up into your hand
    The circle of my glory.
    Shakesp. King John.

    She to realities yields all her shows. Milton.

    'Tis the pride of man which is the spring of this evil, and an unwillingness to yield up their own opinions. Watts.

  8. To surrender.

    The enemies sometimes offered unto the soldiers, upon the walls, great rewards, if they would yield up the city, and sometimes threatened them as fast. Knolles.

    They laugh, as if to them I had quitted all,
    At random yielded up to their misrule.

Sources: Arbuthnot, John (227) · Dryden, John (788) · The Bible - Genesis (48) · Hooker, Richard (175) · The Bible - Job (27) · Shakespeare's King John (43) · Knolles, Richard (44) · Locke, John (269) · Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor (95) · Milton, John (449) · Shakespeare's Richard III (63) · Sidney, Philip (140) · Watts, Isaac (116)

Attributes: Saxon (215) · Verb Active (289)

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