Yes vs. Sure

By Jaxson

  • Yes (interjection)

    Used to express pleasure, joy, or great excitement.

    “Our second goal of the match! Yes!”


  • Yes (interjection)

    Response that confirms that the user is paying attention.

  • Yes (noun)

    An affirmative expression; an answer that shows agreement or acceptance.

    “Was that a yes?”



  • Yes (noun)

    A vote of support or in favor/favour of something.

    “The workers voted on whether to strike, and there were thirty “yeses” and one “no”.”



  • Yes (verb)

    to agree with, affirm, approve.

    “Did he yes the veto?”


  • Yes (verb)

    to attempt to flatter someone by habitually agreeing

  • Sure (adjective)

    Physically secure and certain, non-failing, reliable.

    “This investment is a sure thing.”

    “The bailiff had a sure grip on the prisoner’s arm.”

  • Sure (adjective)

    Certain in one’s knowledge or belief.

    “He was sure she was lying.”

    “I am sure of my eventual death.”

    “John was acting sure of himself but in truth had doubts.”

  • Sure (adjective)

    Certain to act or be a specified way.

    “Be sure to lock the door when you leave.”

  • Sure (adjective)

    Free from danger; safe; secure.

  • Sure (adjective)

    Betrothed; engaged to marry.

  • Sure (adverb)

    Without doubt, certainly.

    “Sure he’s coming! Why wouldn’t he?”

    “”Did you kill that bear yourself? ―”I sure did!””

  • Sure (interjection)

    Yes. (Expresses noncommittal agreement or consent.)

    “”Do you want me to put this in the garage?” “Sure, go ahead.””

  • Sure (interjection)

    Yes; of course.

    “”Could you tell me where the washrooms are?” “Sure, they’re in the corner over there.””

  • Yes (interjection)

    used to give an affirmative response

    “‘Do you understand?’ ‘Yes.’”

  • Yes (interjection)

    expressing agreement with a positive statement

    “‘That was a grand evening.’ ‘Yes, it was.’”

  • Yes (interjection)

    asked at the end of a statement to indicate the expectation of agreement

    “you think I perhaps killed Westbourne, yes?”

  • Yes (interjection)

    expressing contradiction of a negative statement

    “‘You don’t want to go.’ ‘Yes, I do.’”

  • Yes (interjection)

    used as a response to someone addressing one or trying to attract one’s attention

    “‘Oh, Mr Lawrence.’ ‘Yes?’”

  • Yes (interjection)

    used to question a remark

    “‘It should be easy to check.’ ‘Oh yes? How?’”

  • Yes (interjection)

    encouraging someone to continue speaking

    “‘When you bought those photographs …’ ‘Yes?’”

  • Yes (interjection)

    expressing great pleasure or excitement

    “plenty to eat, including hot hamburger sandwiches (yes!)”

  • Yes (interjection)

    expressing irritation or impatience

    “‘Is the pain still there?’ ‘Yes, yes, damn you, the pain is always there’”

  • Yes (noun)

    an affirmative answer or decision, especially in voting

    “answering with assured and ardent yeses”

Oxford Dictionary

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