1 [+ object]
a : to produce or provide (something, such as a plant or crop)
The apple/peach trees yielded an abundant harvest.
This soil should yield good crops.
The seeds yield a rich oil.
b : to produce (something) as a result of time, effort, or work
New methods have yielded promising results in the field.
The studies yielded clear evidence.
— sometimes + up
Their research has yielded up some surprising results.
c : to produce (a profit, an amount of money, etc.)
The tax is expected to yield millions.
The bond yields seven percent annually.
2 [no object] : to agree to do or accept something that you have been resisting : to stop trying to resist or oppose something
After several hours of debate, the opposition yielded.
— often + to
The company refused to yield to the protesters' demands.
The architect yielded to critics and changed the design.
I finally yielded to temptation and had some cake.
3 a [+ object] : to allow (something) to be taken or controlled by another person, group, etc.
Ground troops refused to yield [=(more commonly) surrender] the fortress to the enemy.
— sometimes used figuratively
Despite all my arguments she was unwilling to yield the point to me. [=she was unwilling to admit that I was right]
b formal : to give (someone) the chance to speak at a public meeting — + to
I yield the floor to the Senator from Maine.
I yield to the Senator.
c [no object] : to stop trying to fight someone or something
The enemy refused to yield. [=give up]