Yield vs Avail - What's the difference?

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In lang=en terms the difference between yield and avail

is that yield is to give way; to succumb to a force while avail is to be of use or advantage; to answer or serve the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object.

As verbs the difference between yield and avail

is that yield is (obsolete) to pay, give in payment; repay, recompense; reward; requite while avail is (transitive|often|reflexive) to turn to the advantage of.

As nouns the difference between yield and avail

is that yield is (obsolete) payment; tribute while avail is (lb) benefit; value, profit; advantage toward success.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) yielden, .


  • (obsolete) To pay, give in payment; repay, recompense; reward; requite.
  • * Shakespeare:
  • God 'ild [yield] you!
  • * Gareth and Lynette, Tennyson :
  • The good mother holds me still a child! Good mother is bad mother unto me! A worse were better; yet no worse would I. Heaven yield her for it!
  • * Shakespeare:
  • Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more, / And the gods yield you for 't.
  • * Beaumont and Fletcher:
  • God yield thee, and God thank ye.
  • To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth.
  • * Milton:
  • Vines yield nectar.
  • * Bible, Job 24.5:
  • The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children.
  • To give way; to allow another to pass first.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians.
  • To give as required; to surrender, relinquish or capitulate.
  • They refuse to yield to the enemy.
  • * Shakespeare:
  • I'll make him yield the crown.
  • * Milton:
  • Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame.
  • To give way; to succumb to a force.
  • * 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula), chapter 21:
  • He turned the handle as he spoke, but the door did not yield . We threw ourselves against it. With a crash it burst open, and we almost fell headlong into the room.
  • To produce as return, as from an investment.
  • Historically, that security yields a high return.
  • (mathematics) To produce as a result.
  • Adding 3 and 4 yields a result of 7.
  • (engineering, materials science, of a material specimen) To pass the material's yield point and undergo plastic deformation.
  • (rare) To admit to be true; to concede; to allow.
  • * Milton:
  • I yield it just, said Adam, and submit.
    * submit - To fully surrender * capitulate - To end all resistance, may imply a compensation with an enemy or to end all resistance because of loss of hope * succumb - To fully surrender, because of helplessness and extreme weakness, to the leader of an opposing force * relent - A yielding because of pity or mercy * defer - A voluntary submitting out of respect, reverence or affection * give way - To succumb to persistent persuasion. * surrender - To give up into the power, control, or possession of another * cede - To give up, give way, give away * give up - To surrender * produce - To make (a thing) available to a person, an authority, etc. * bear - To produce something, such as fruit or crops * supply - To provide (something), to make (something) available for use

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) , Icelandic gjald. See also (l).


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) Payment; tribute.
  • A product; the quantity of something produced.
  • (legal) The current return as a percentage of the price of a stock or bond.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-06, volume=408, issue=8843, page=68, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The rise of smart beta , passage=Investors face a quandary. Cash offers a return of virtually zero in many developed countries; government-bond yields may have risen in recent weeks but they are still unattractive. Equities have suffered two big bear markets since 2000 and are wobbling again. It is hardly surprising that pension funds, insurers and endowments are searching for new sources of return.}}
    Derived terms
    * overyielding * yielder * sustained yield * yield-to-maturity * yield curve
    * harvest * return * fruits * produce * crop * gain


    * *




    (en verb)
  • (transitive, often, reflexive) To turn to the advantage of.
  • I availed myself of the opportunity.
  • To be of service to.
  • Artifices will not avail the sinner in the day of judgment.
  • To promote; to assist.
  • (Alexander Pope)
  • To be of use or advantage; to answer or serve the purpose; to have strength, force, or efficacy sufficient to accomplish the object.
  • The plea in court must avail .
    ''This scheme will not avail.
    Medicines will not avail to halt the disease.
  • * Sir Walter Scott
  • Words avail very little with me, young man.
  • To provide; to make available.
  • * {{quote-news, 2004, November 16, Nik Ogbulie, Decongesting the Banking Floors, This Day citation
  • , passage=With this initiative, Valucard becomes an open system that is not limited to point of sale (POS) transactions, but now avails cash to its holders in various locations nationwide.}}


    * disavail

    Derived terms

    * available * disavail


    (en noun)
  • (lb) Benefit; value, profit; advantage toward success.
  • *:
  • *:I shal take the aduenture sayd Balen that god wille ordeyne me / but the swerd ye shalle not haue at this tyme by the feythe of my body / ye shalle repente hit within short tyme sayd the damoysel/ For I wold haue the swerd more for your auaylle than for myne / for I am passyng heuy for your sake
  • *, III.1:
  • *:hardy Citizenssticke not to sacrifice their honours and consciences, as those of old, their lives, for their Countries availe and safety.
  • *{{quote-book, 1895, (Andrew Lang), A Monk of Fife
  • , passage=So this friar, unworthy as he was of his holy calling, had me at an avail on every side, nor do I yet see what I could do but obey him, as I did.}}
  • Effect in achieving a goal or aim; purpose, use (now usually in negative constructions).
  • :
  • *
  • *:Orion hit a rabbit once; but though sore wounded it got to the bury, and, struggling in, the arrow caught the side of the hole and was drawn out. Indeed, a nail filed sharp is not of much avail as an arrowhead; you must have it barbed, and that was a little beyond our skill.
  • *2014 , , " Southampton hammer eight past hapless Sunderland in barmy encounter", The Guardian , 18 October:
  • *:At half-time, Poyet replaced Wes Brown with Liam Bridcutt in the heart of defence and sent out the rest of the players to atone for their first-half mistakes. To no avail .
  • *(Richard Henry Stoddard) (1825–1903)
  • *:the avails of their own industry
  • Effort; striving.
  • *{{quote-book, 1613, (Thomas Campion), chapter=Songs of Mourning, , year_published=1907, page=125, title= Poetical Works (in English) of Thomas Campion
  • , passage=And ev'n now, though he breathless lies, his sails / Are struggling with the winds, for our avails / T'explore a passage hid from human tract, / Will fame him in the enterprise or fact.}}
  • An advertising slot or package.
  • *{{quote-book, 1994, Barry L. Sherman, page=353, title= Telecommunications Management: Broadcasting/cable and the New Technologies, isbn=0070566984
  • , passage=The salesperson at an affiliate TV station might prepare an avail which offers two weeks of spots in early and late news
  • *{{quote-book, 2004, Walter S. Ciciora et al., page=123, title= Modern Cable Television Technology: Video, Voice, and Data Communications, isbn=1558608281
  • , passage=At an avail , the ad server plays out the MPEG-2 audio/video elementary streams.}}
  • A press avail.
  • :
  • Non-binding notice of availability for work.
  • (lb) A readily available stock of oil.
  • *{{quote-book, 1967, title= Interstate Compact on Oil and Gas (10th Extension), page=95
  • , passage=Total crude oil avails (production plus purchases) of even highly "self-sufficient" refiners are far greater than their reported refinery inputs.}}

    Usage notes

    * (success or benefit) Very often encountered in negative phrases, such as of' or '''to''' '''no''' or '''little''' ' avail .