Antonyms for yield

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Let her think that your own impulse leads you, and then she will yield.

So you know your destiny; and have nothing to do but to yield to it.

The plea touched to the bottom of her heart, but she could not, would not yield.

He wishes me to yield myself fully to Him in heart and life.

Were she to yield to evil she would suffer eternal remorse in consequence.

Voice, eyes, the line of his chin, all told Rose that he would not yield.

They wrangled on the doorstep until it was late, but she would not yield to him.

He was quite earnest about it, and reasoned with me like a father; but I was determined not to yield.

She did not, however, yield to this influence, or retire for such a purpose.

Spirits differ; some yield to the power of wisdom, while others are too strong.


Old English geldan (Anglian), gieldan (West Saxon) "to pay" (class III strong verb; past tense geald, past participle golden), from Proto-Germanic *geldanan "pay" (cf. Old Saxon geldan "to be worth," Old Norse gjaldo "to repay, return," Middle Dutch ghelden, Dutch gelden "to cost, be worth, concern," Old High German geltan, German gelten "to be worth," Gothic fra-gildan "to repay, requite").

Perhaps from PIE *ghel-to- "I pay," found only in Balto-Slavic and Germanic, unless Old Church Slavonic zledo, Lithuanian geliuoti are Germanic loan-words. Sense developed in English via use to translate Latin reddere, French rendre, and had expanded by c.1300 to "repay, return, render (service), produce, surrender." Related to Middle Low German and Middle Dutch gelt, Dutch geld, German Geld "money." Yielding in sense of "giving way to physical force" is recorded from 1660s.


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