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1. At this time; for the present: isn't ready yet.
2. Up to a specified time; thus far: The end had not yet come.
3. At a future time; eventually: may yet change his mind.
4. Besides; in addition: returned for yet another helping.
5. Still more; even: a yet sadder tale.
6. Nevertheless: young yet wise.
And despite this; nevertheless: She said she would be late, yet she arrived on time.
as yet
Up to the present time; up to now.

[Middle English, from Old English gīet; see i- in Indo-European roots.]
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sentence connector
nevertheless; still; in spite of that: I want to and yet I haven't the courage; she is strange yet kind.
1. (usually used with a negative or interrogative) so far; up until then or now: they're not home yet; is it teatime yet?.
2. (often preceded by just; usually used with a negative) now (as contrasted with later): we can't stop yet.
3. (often used with a comparative) even; still: yet more potatoes for sale; yet another problem family.
4. eventually, in spite of everything: we'll convince him yet.
5. as yet so far; up until then or now
[Old English gēta; related to Old Frisian jēta]
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1. at the present time; now: Are they here yet?
2. up to a particular time; thus far: They had not yet come.
3. in the time remaining: There is yet time.
4. to the present moment; as previously; still: He came this morning, and he is here yet.
5. in addition; again: The mail brought yet another reply.
6. moreover: I've never read it nor yet intend to.
7. even to a larger extent (used to emphasize a comparative): yet greater power.
8. nevertheless: strange and yet very true.
9. though; still; nevertheless: The essay is good, yet it could be improved.
as yet, so far; until this moment.
[before 900; Middle English yet(e), Old English gīet(a), c. Old Frisian (i)ēta]
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1. used in negative sentences

You use yet in negative sentences to say that something has not happened up to the present time, although it probably will happen. In conversation and in less formal writing, you usually put yet at the end of a clause.

It isn't dark yet.
I haven't decided yet.

In formal writing, you can put yet immediately after not.

Computer technology has not yet reached its peak.
They have not yet set a date for the election.
2. 'have yet to'

Instead of saying that something 'has not yet happened', you can say that it has yet to happen. People often use this structure to show that they do not expect something to happen.

I have yet to meet a man I can trust.
Whether it will be a success has yet to be seen.
3. used in questions

You often use yet in questions when you are asking if something has happened. You put yet at the end of the clause.

Have you done that yet?
Have you had your lunch yet?

Many American speakers and some British speakers use the past simple in questions like these. They say, for example, 'Did you have your lunch yet?'

4. 'already'

Don't confuse yet with already. You use already at the end of a question to express surprise that something has happened sooner than expected.

Is he there already?
You mean you've been there already?
5. 'still'

Don't use 'yet' to say that something is continuing to happen. Don't say, for example, 'I am yet waiting for my luggage'. The word you use is still.

He still doesn't understand.
Brian's toe is still badly swollen.
See still
6. 'just yet'

If you don't intend to do something just yet, you don't intend to do it immediately.

It is too risky to announce an increase in our charges just yet.
I'm not ready to retire just yet.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.yet - up to the present time; "I have yet to see the results"; "details are yet to be worked out"
2.yet - used in negative statement to describe a situation that has existed up to this point or up to the present timeyet - 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"
3.yet - 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"
4.yet - within an indefinite time or at an unspecified future time; "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"
5.yet - used after a superlative; "this is the best so far"; "the largest drug bust yet"
6.yet - 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"
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1. so far, until now, up to now, still, as yet, even now, thus far, up till now, up to the present time They haven't finished yet.
2. now, right now, just now, so soon, already Don't get up yet.
3. still, further, in addition, as well, moreover, besides, to boot, additionally, over and above, into the bargain This weekend yet more uniformed soldiers were posted at official buildings.
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1. Up to this time:
3. To a more extreme degree:
4. In spite of a preceding event or consideration:
Informal: still and all.
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تُسْتَعْمَل للتَّوْكيدحَتّى الآنحَتَّى الآنحتّى، تُسْتَعْمَل مع دَرَجة المُقارَنَهلكِن، مع ذلِك
endnuikke desto mindrealligevel
još uvijek
en samt; engu aî síîurenn, ennòáennòá, enn sem komiî erjafnvel, enn
nepaisant to
tačutomērvēlvēl ne
nogmaar toch
amabilebir kez dahadahafakat


1. (= now, up to now, by now) → todavía, aún
he hasn't come yettodavía or aún no ha llegado, no ha llegado todavía or aún
don't go (just) yetno te vayas todavía, quédate un rato
need you go yet?¿tienes que irte ya?
as yettodavía, por ahora
we haven't heard anything as yettodavía or por ahora no sabemos nada
not yettodavía or aún no
"are you coming?" - "not just yet"-¿vienes? -todavía or aún no
2. (= to date) → hasta ahora
this is his best film yetes su mejor película hasta ahora
3. (= still) → todavía, aún
there's hope for me yettodavía or aún tengo esperanzas
that question is yet to be decidedestá todavía por or sin decidir, aún está por or sin decidir
he may yet succeedtodavía puede que lo consiga, puede que aún lo consiga
it won't be dark for half an hour yettodavía or aún queda media hora para que anochezca
4. (= even) → todavía, aún
the queues are likely to grow longer yetes probable que las colas se hagan aún or todavía más largas
better yet, let him buy them for you for Christmasmejor aún, deja que te los regale por Navidad
yet againotra or una vez más
they are celebrating yet another victoryestán celebrando otra or una victoria más
many were killed, yet more have been left homelessmuchos resultaron muertos y aún or todavía más han perdido sus hogares
5. (frm) nor yetni
B. CONJ (= in spite of everything) → sin embargo, con todo; (= but) → pero
I told him several times, yet he still hasn't done itse lo dije varias veces, (y) sin embargo no lo ha hecho
a powerful yet fragile piece of equipmentun equipo potente pero frágil

In questions
 When yet is used in affirmative questions, translate using ya:
Is Mary here yet? ¿Está aquí María ya? Have they arrived yet? ¿Han llegado ya?
In negatives
 When not ... yet is used in statements or questions, translate using todavía no or aún no, both of which can go at either the beginning or the end of the sentence:
My parents haven't got up yet Mis padres no se han levantado todavía or aún, Todavía or Aún no se han levantado mis padres Haven't they done it yet? ¿No lo han hecho todavía or aún?, ¿Todavía or Aún no lo han hecho?
Meaning "to date"
 When yet follows a superlative or never and means "to date", translate using hasta ahora:
It's the best (one) yet Es el mejor hasta ahora I've never been late yet Hasta ahora no he llegado nunca con retraso
Meaning "still"

In predictions
 When yet is used in predictions about the future, translate using todavía or aún:
The economic crisis will go on for some time yet La crisis económica continuará todavía or aún algún tiempo They will be a long time yet Todavía or Aún tardarán bastante en venir
 When yet is followed by to + ((VERB)), translate using todavía por or sin + ((INFINITIVE)) or aún por or sin + ((INFINITIVE)):
The house is yet to be cleaned La casa está todavía por or sin limpiar La casa está aún por or sin limpiar
Meaning "even"
 When yet precedes a comparative and means "even", translate using todavía or aún:
There is yet more rain to come in the north Todavía or Aún habrá más precipitaciones en el norte Yet bigger satellites will be sent up into orbit Se pondrán en órbita satélites todavía or aún más grandes
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(in negatives) (= up to now) → encore
It's not finished yet → Ce n'est pas encore fini.
not yet → pas encore
not as yet → pas encore
There's no news as yet → Nous n'avons pas encore de nouvelles.
No one, as yet, is suspicious
BUT Personne, pour l'instant, n'a de soupçons.
(in questions)
Have you finished yet?
BUT Vous avez fini?.
just yet → déjà
Must you go just yet? → Dois-tu déjà partir?
(with superlatives) (= so far) the best yet → le meilleur jusqu'à maintenant(la)(e)
the fastest yet → le plus rapide jusqu'à maintenant(la)
He finished in 22 seconds, his fastest time yet → Il a fini en vingt-deux secondes, son temps le plus rapide jusqu'à maintenant.
not yet (= not so soon) → pas tout de suite
He can't go home yet → Il ne peut pas rentrer à la maison tout de suite.
not just yet → pas tout de suite
I don't need to go just yet → Je n'ai pas besoin de partir tout de suite.
Don't come in just yet → N'entrez pas tout de suite.
(= still) → encore
There may yet be time → Il est peut-être encore temps.
to have yet to do sth → ne pas encore avoir fait qch
(= from now) a few days yet → encore quelques jours
He won't arrive for a few days yet → Il n'arrivera pas avant quelques jours., Il n'arrivera pas avant quelques jours encore.
for some time yet → encore quelque temps
(with comparatives) (= even) → encore
They would criticize me, or worse yet, pay me no attention → Ils me criticaient, ou pire encore, ne m'accordaient aucune attention.
yet another → encore un(e)
yet again → une fois de plus
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(= still)noch; (= thus far)bis jetzt, bisher; they haven’t yet returned or returned yetsie sind noch nicht zurückgekommen; this is his best book yetdas ist bis jetzt sein bestes Buch, das ist sein bisher bestes Buch; as yet (with present tenses) → bis jetzt, bisher; (with past) → bis dahin; no, not yetnein, noch nicht; I’ve hardly begun yetich habe noch gar nicht richtig angefangen; not just yetjetzt noch nicht; don’t come in (just) yetkomm (jetzt) noch nicht herein; you ain’t seen nothing yet (inf)du hast noch gar nichts gesehen
(with interrog: = so far, already) → schon; has he arrived yet?ist er schon angekommen?, ist er schon da?; do you have to go just yet?müssen Sie jetzt schon gehen?
(with affirmative: = still, remaining) → noch; they have a few days yetsie haben noch ein paar Tage; we’ve got ages yetwir haben noch viel Zeit; not for some time yetnoch nicht so schnell or bald; a yet to be decided questioneine noch unentschiedene Frage, eine Frage, die noch entschieden werden muss; I’ve yet to learn how to do itich muss erst noch lernen, wie man es macht; and they are doubtless waiting yetund sie warten zweifellos noch immer; he is yet aliveer lebt noch
(with comp: = still, even) → noch; this is yet more difficultdies ist (sogar) noch schwieriger; yet more moneynoch mehr Geld
(= in addition) (and) yet againund wieder, und noch einmal; and yet again they rode offund sie ritten wieder weg; another arrived and yet anotheres kam noch einer und noch einer
(with future and conditional: = before all is over) → noch; he may come yet or yet comeer kann noch kommen; he could come yeter könnte noch kommen; I may yet go to Italyich fahre vielleicht noch nach Italien; I’ll do it yetich schaffe es schon noch
(liter) nor yetnoch; they didn’t come nor yet writesie sind weder gekommen, noch haben sie geschrieben
conjdoch, dennoch, trotzdem; and yetund doch or trotzdem or dennoch; it’s strange yet truees ist seltsam, aber wahr
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1. adv
a. (already, up to now, so far) → già; (now, by now) → ancora
I wonder if he's come yet → mi chiedo se non sia già arrivato
not yet → non ancora
he hasn't come yet → non è ancora arrivato
it is not finished yet → non è ancora finito
I needn't go (just) yet → non è ancora il momento di andare
don't go (just) yet → non andare già via
this is his best film yet → finora questo è il suo film migliore
as yet → per ora, finora
b. (still) → ancora
he may come yet, he may yet come → può ancora arrivare
that question is yet to be decided → quella questione è ancora da decidere
I'll do it yet! → prima o poi ce la farò!
c. (in addition, even) yet againdi nuovo
yet another/more → ancora un altro/più
yet once more → ancora una volta
a few days yet → ancora qualche giorno
d. (frm) nor yettanto meno
I do not like him, nor yet his sister → lui non mi piace, e tanto meno sua sorella
2. conjma, tuttavia
and yet → eppure, tuttavia
it was funny, yet sad at the same time → era buffo e triste nel contempo
and yet I enjoyed it → e tuttavia mi è piaciuto
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(jet) adverb
1. up till now. He hasn't telephoned yet; Have you finished yet?; We're not yet ready.
2. used for emphasis. He's made yet another mistake / yet more mistakes.
3. (with a comparative adjective) even. a yet more terrible experience.
but; however. He's pleasant enough, yet I don't like him.
as yet
up to the time referred to, usually the present. I haven't had a book published as yet.
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حَتَّى الآن ještě endnu bisher ακόμα todavía vielä encore još uvijek ancora まだ 아직 nog ennå jeszcze ainda еще än ยัง yine de chưa
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conj. todavía; no obstante, sin embargo.
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References in classic literature ?
My failure with my Grandson did not encourage me to communicate my secret to others of my household; yet neither was I led by it to despair of success.
As a citizen, I may confess--I confess it freely--I have been guilty of certain shortcomings; yet those shortcomings have been combined with certain virtues.
There are not more than five musical notes, yet the combinations of these five give rise to more melodies than can ever be heard.
From the fight with wild beasts returned he home: but even yet a wild beast gazeth out of his seriousness--an unconquered wild beast!
Cold, want, and fatigue were the least pains which I was destined to endure; I was cursed by some devil and carried about with me my eternal hell; yet still a spirit of good followed and directed my steps and when I most murmured would suddenly extricate me from seemingly insurmountable difficulties.
Yet all this while I said nothing to Umslopogaas of the truth as to his birth, because on the journey there were many around us, and the very trees have ears, and the same wind to which we whispered might whisper to the king.
Yet it were great reason that those that have children, should have greatest care of future times; unto which they know they must transmit their dearest pledges.
Yet the letter which Aylward had brought him gave him powers which he was not slow to use.
'I cannot manage it to-day.' And now the April showers were dry-- The five short weeks were nearly spent-- Yet still he got the old reply,
True, out of a hundred persons, only one can win; yet what business is that of yours or of mine?
What the white whale was to Ahab, has been hinted; what, at times, he was to me, as yet remains unsaid.
Thy world has not the dross of ours, Yet all the beauty-all the flowers That list our love or deck our bowers In dreamy gardens, where do lie Dreamy maidens all the day; While the silver winds of Circassy On violet couches faint away.