Yield has two meanings that seem quite different: "an amount" or "to give way." The yield of the recipe was twelve brownies. To avoid being tripped, Mary was forced to yield to the children on her way to the brownie plate.

While these meanings seem quite different, they both essentially mean "to give." The recipe gives twelve brownies to those who follow it, and Mary is giving up her right to go first. Yield can also mean the rate of return on an investment. A bond yields an interest rate of 2%, or gives an investor $2.00 for every $100 invested.

Definitions of yield
  1. verb
    give or supply
    “This year's crop yielded 1,000 bushels of corn”
    synonyms: generate, give, render, return
    cause to happen or be responsible for
    establish, give
    bring about
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    create, make, produce
    create or manufacture a man-made product
  2. verb
    bring in
    synonyms: bear, pay
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    clear, net
    yield as a net profit
    pay off
    yield a profit or result
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    bring in, clear, earn, gain, make, pull in, realise, realize, take in
    earn on some commercial or business transaction; earn as salary or wages
  3. verb
    give over; surrender or relinquish to the physical control of another
    synonyms: cede, concede, grant
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    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
  4. noun
    production of a certain amount
    synonyms: output
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    crop, harvest
    the yield from plants in a single growing season
    the yield of fruit
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    (economics) manufacturing or mining or growing something (usually in large quantities) for sale
  5. noun
    an amount of a product
    synonyms: fruit
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    product, production
    an artifact that has been created by someone or some process
  6. noun
    the quantity of something (as a commodity) that is created (usually within a given period of time)
    synonyms: output, production
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    pick, picking
    the quantity of a crop that is harvested
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    indefinite quantity
    an estimated quantity
  7. noun
    the income or profit arising from such transactions as the sale of land or other property
    synonyms: issue, payoff, proceeds, return, take, takings
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    economic rent, rent
    the return derived from cultivated land in excess of that derived from the poorest land cultivated under similar conditions
    financial return or reward (especially returns equal to the initial investment)
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    the financial gain (earned or unearned) accruing over a given period of time
  8. verb
    be the cause or source of
    synonyms: afford, give
    cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
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    open, open up
    make available
    allow, allow for, leave, provide
    make a possibility or provide opportunity for; permit to be attainable or cause to remain
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    furnish, provide, render, supply
    give something useful or necessary to
  9. verb
    cause to happen or be responsible for
    synonyms: give
    generate, give, render, return
    give or supply
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  10. verb
    move in order to make room for someone or something
    synonyms: ease up, give, give way, move over
    abandon, give up
    stop maintaining or insisting on; of ideas or claims
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    move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
  11. verb
    be flexible under stress of physical force
    synonyms: give
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    become longer by being stretched and pulled
  12. verb
    cease opposition; stop fighting
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    give up, surrender
    give up or agree to forgo to the power or possession of another
    be captured
    surrender (power or a position)
    acknowledge defeat
    surrender under agreed conditions
  13. verb
    give in, as to influence or pressure
    synonyms: relent, soften, succumb
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    remain firm, stand
    hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
    fend, resist, stand
    withstand the force of something
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    yield to out of weakness
  14. verb
    end resistance, as under pressure or force
    “The door yielded to repeated blows with a battering ram”
    synonyms: give way
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  15. verb
    be willing to concede
    synonyms: concede, grant
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    stop blaming or grant forgiveness
    condone, excuse
    excuse, overlook, or make allowances for; be lenient with
    absolve, free, justify
    excuse or free from blame
    absolve, shrive
    grant remission of a sin to
    grant a pardon to
    excuse, pardon
    accept an excuse for
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    agree, concord, concur, hold
    be in accord; be in agreement
  16. verb
    consent reluctantly
    synonyms: buckle, buckle under, give in, knuckle under, succumb
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    accede, bow, defer, give in, submit
    yield to another's wish or opinion
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    accept, consent, go for
    give an affirmative reply to; respond favorably to
  17. verb
    be fatally overwhelmed
    synonyms: succumb
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    come through, make it, pull round, pull through, survive
    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
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    buy the farm, cash in one's chips, choke, conk, croak, decease, die, drop dead, exit, expire, give-up the ghost, go, kick the bucket, pass, pass away, perish, pop off, snuff it
    pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life
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