To yield up the ghost
Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost, to be worth, G. gelten, OHG. geltan to pay, restore, make an offering, be worth, Icel. gjalda to pay, give up, Dan. gielde to be worth, Sw. g["a]lla to be worth, g["a]lda to pay, Goth. gildan in fragildan, usgildan. Cf. 1st {Geld}, {Guild}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To give in return for labor expended; to produce, as payment or interest on what is expended or invested; to pay; as, money at interest yields six or seven per cent. [1913 Webster]

To yelde Jesu Christ his proper rent. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength. --Gen. iv. 12. [1913 Webster]

2. To furnish; to afford; to render; to give forth. ``Vines yield nectar.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

[He] makes milch kine yield blood. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The wilderness yieldeth food for them and for their children. --Job xxiv. 5. [1913 Webster]

3. To give up, as something that is claimed or demanded; to make over to one who has a claim or right; to resign; to surrender; to relinquish; as a city, an opinion, etc. [1913 Webster]

And, force perforce, I'll make him yield the crown. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Shall yield up all their virtue, all their fame. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. To admit to be true; to concede; to allow. [1913 Webster]

I yield it just, said Adam, and submit. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

5. To permit; to grant; as, to yield passage. [1913 Webster]

6. To give a reward to; to bless. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Tend me to-night two hours, I ask no more, And the gods yield you for 't. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

God yield thee, and God thank ye. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

{To yield the breath}, {To yield the breath up}, {To yield the ghost}, {To yield the ghost up}, {To yield up the ghost}, or {To yield the life}, to die; to expire; -- similar to {To give up the ghost}. [1913 Webster]

One calmly yields his willing breath. --Keble. [1913 Webster]


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  • To yield up the ghost — Ghost Ghost (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give up the ghost — Ghost Ghost (g[=o]st), n. [OE. gast, gost, soul, spirit, AS. g[=a]st breath, spirit, soul; akin to OS. g[=e]st spirit, soul, D. geest, G. geist, and prob. to E. gaze, ghastly.] [1913 Webster] 1. The spirit; the soul of man. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To give up the ghost — Give Give (g[i^]v), v. t. [imp. {Gave} (g[=a]v); p. p. {Given} (g[i^]v n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Giving}.] [OE. given, yiven, yeven, AS. gifan, giefan; akin to D. geven, OS. ge[eth]an, OHG. geban, G. geben, Icel. gefa, Sw. gifva, Dan. give, Goth.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • yield up the ghost — (archaic) To give up the ghost (see under ↑ghost) • • • Main Entry: ↑yield …   Useful english dictionary

  • yield up the ghost — verb For a person, to die. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband …   Wiktionary

  • give up the ghost — verb a) To cease clinging to life; to die. And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. b) To quit; to cease functioning. My old computer finally gave up the ghost the other day. Syn: yield up the ghost …   Wiktionary

  • give-up the ghost — verb pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life She died from cancer The children perished in the fire The patient went peacefully The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102 • Syn: ↑die,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • To yield the ghost up — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To yield the ghost — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • To yield the breath — Yield Yield, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yielded}; obs. p. p. {Yold}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yielding}.] [OE. yelden, [yogh]elden, [yogh]ilden, AS. gieldan, gildan, to pay, give, restore, make an offering; akin to OFries. jelda, OS. geldan, D. gelden to cost …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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