1. (used to express affirmation or assent or to mark the addition of something emphasizing and amplifying a previous statement): Do you want that? Yes, I do.
  2. (used to express an emphatic contradiction of a previously negative statement or command): Don’t do that! Oh, yes I will!
  3. (used, usually interrogatively, to express hesitation, uncertainty, curiosity, etc.): “Yes?” he said as he opened the door. That was a marvelous show! Yes?
  4. (used to express polite or minimal interest or attention.)

noun, plural yes·es.

  1. an affirmative reply.

verb (used with object), yessed, yes·sing.

  1. to give an affirmative reply to; give assent or approval to.


  1. (used as a strong expression of joy, pleasure, or approval.)

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  1. used to express acknowledgment, affirmation, consent, agreement, or approval or to answer when one is addressed
  2. used, often with interrogative intonation, to signal someone to speak or keep speaking, enter a room, or do something


  1. an answer or vote of yes
  2. (often plural) a person who votes in the affirmative

Old English gise, gese “so be it!,” probably from gea, ge “so” (see yea) + si “be it!,” third person imperative of beon “to be” (see be). Originally stronger than simple yea. Used in Shakespeare mainly as an answer to negative questions. Yes-man is first recorded 1912, American English.

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