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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
yen
noun
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■ ADJECTIVE
strong
▪ Only the Tokyo market rallied, as foreign buyers returned after recent worries about the effect of a stronger yen.
▪ The stronger yen has also made foreign-made cars less expensive.
weak
▪ Solomon said the weaker yen is likely to start weighing on earnings.
▪ A weak yen creates havoc in several ways for Detroit.
▪ To be sure, some investors feel the impact of a weaker yen on bonds may be limited.
■ VERB
buy
▪ When investors sell marks for yen, they generally sell marks for dollars first and then use the proceeds to buy yen.
▪ Well, to Alexander, it would suggest buying yen.
▪ In Tokyo trading, the dollar bought 105. 57 yen, up 0. 25.
▪ The central bank also bought about 200 billion yen in government bonds outright.
change
▪ The dollar was little changed against the yen during Tokyo trading, and the government bond market barely moved.
climb
▪ Keihin Electric climbed 16 yen to 656 yen -- the highest close since Sept. 6, 1994.
down
▪ It was quoted at 105. 60 yen, down from 105. 63 yen in New York.
▪ The mark was quoted at 72. 57 yen, down from 72. 61 yen in New York.
▪ The fourth big builder, Taisei Corp., predicts profits of 25 billion yen, down 28. 5 percent.
fall
▪ The dollar could fall to about 104 yen by the end of this month, he added.
▪ A falling yen should help a bit, though domestic industries such as construction, retailing and property will not benefit.
▪ A falling yen may hurt bonds, he said.
▪ It fell 1 yen to 910 yen.
▪ Its price fell 94 yen per 50, 000 in face value.
▪ Once the dollar dips below 104 yen, it could fall close to 103 yen, Morikuni said.
▪ Sumitomo Metal Mining shares fell 40 yen to 1, 000.
fell
▪ It fell 1 yen to 910 yen.
▪ Its price fell 94 yen per 50, 000 in face value.
▪ Sumitomo Metal Mining shares fell 40 yen to 1, 000.
loan
▪ The jusen are saddled with 6. 27 trillion yen in uncollectible loans.
lose
▪ It lost 220 yen, or 2. 9 percent, to close near a six-month low of 7350 yen.
▪ Sanwa Bank lost 30 yen to 1, 980, and Mitsui Trust fell 70 yen to 1, 030.
rise
▪ This, in turn, has helped government-bond yields to rise and the yen to appreciate.
▪ Trading house Nissho Iwai Corp. stock rose 38 yen to 581 yen -- the highest close since January 9, 1992.
▪ Smelting rose 4 yen to 436.
▪ Last week, the dollar rose above 105 yen.
▪ Smelting rose 8 yen to 440 and Mitsui Mining Co.
▪ Kurabo shares rose 5 yen, or 1 percent, to 485 yen.
▪ Last year, Sanyo had semiconductor earnings of 280 billion yen, which could rise to 310 billion yen this year.
▪ Mitsui Mining rose 4 yen to 436 yen -- the highest since Jan. 12 last year.
sell
▪ When investors sell marks for yen, they generally sell marks for dollars first and then use the proceeds to buy yen.
trade
▪ The dollar was little changed against the yen during Tokyo trading, and the government bond market barely moved.
▪ It was down more than half a yen in recent trading to 105. 43.
▪ It has remained within a 100-105 yen trading range for more than two months.
up
▪ Dollar: 104. 93 yen, up 0. 40; 1. 4360 marks, off 0. 0030.
▪ Dollar: 105. 25 yen, up 0. 38; 1. 4425 marks, off 0. 0035.
▪ Dollar: 104. 87 yen, up 0. 94; 1. 4460 marks, up 0. 0090.
▪ In Tokyo trading, the dollar bought 105. 57 yen, up 0. 25.
▪ The dollar was changing hands at 105. 57 yen, up 0. 25 yen.
weaken
▪ Export oriented stocks were lifted by the weakening yen.
▪ It has seen a weakening yen, which normally helps stock prices rise.
▪ A weakening of the yen against the dollar diminishes returns to investors who change their proceeds into stronger currencies.
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▪ You may have a yen to go to a real pub.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Yen

Ye \Y"["e]\ ([=e]"e), n.; pl. Y["e]n ([=e]"en). An eye. [Obs.]

From his y["e]n ran the water down.
--Chaucer.

Yen

Yen \Yen\, n. The unit of value and account in Japan. The yen is equal to 100 sen. From Japan's adoption of the gold standard, in 1897, to about 1913 the value of the yen was about 50 cents. In 1997 and 1998 the value of the yen varied from 80 per U. S. dollar to 120 per dollar.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
yen

Japanese monetary unit, 1875, from Japanese yen, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle, dollar."

yen

"sharp desire, hunger," 1906, earlier yen-yen (1900), yin (1876) "intense craving for opium," from Chinese (Cantonese) yan "craving," or from a Beijing dialect word for "smoke." Reinforced in English by influence of yearn.

Wiktionary
yen

Etymology 1 n. 1 The unit of Japanese currency, equal to 100 sen. 2 A coin or note worth one yen. Etymology 2

n. A strong desire, urge, or yearning. vb. To have a strong desire for.

WordNet
yen
  1. n. a yearning for something or to do something [syn: hankering]

  2. the basic unit of money in Japan; equal to 100 sen

  3. [also: yenning, yenned]

yen
  1. v. have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover" [syn: ache, yearn, pine, languish]

  2. [also: yenning, yenned]

Wikipedia
Yen (disambiguation)

Japanese yen is the unit of currency in Japan.

Yen may also refer to:

Yen (band)

Yen is a German rock band. The name of the band stems from singer/songwriter Yen-Hwei Anetzberger. "Yen-Hwei" means "Abundant grace" in Mandarin.

Usage examples of "yen".

This, as you have no doubt guessed, is cito yen ne Kitty Faucon, the bane of my life.

People get him to write kakemonos and signboards for them, and he had earned 10 yen, or about 2 pounds, that day.

Commander Yen Chi-tzu maneuvered the heavy airplane to the end of the runway and coaxed the old turbines to full power, his eye on the number-three engine tachometer and oil-pressure indicator.

Yen waved at the fighter out on the pad, who backed away, and put on ear protectors, then snapped the toggle for the electrical starting motor for number two turbine on the port-engine control-console and watched the engine tachometer as the turbine spun up to speed, the whining noise coming from over his left shoulder.

Yen Tsun was prefect of Yang-chou he once made an inspection journey through the district that had been entrusted to him.

Yen Tsun suspected her and ordered a constable to investigate the corpse.

Yen the broad-smith, Greel the master of the mines, and Vrith, the lame accountant, unleashed a hail of glass-shard-imbued boulders down on her.

All foreign countries have confusing money, with names like the Pound, the Yen, the Libra, the Mark, the Frank, the Duane, the Doubloon, and the Kilometer, all of which appear to have been designed by preschool children.

None of it was serious intent, perhaps, or only mock-seriously to cover up an unmodern attitude, but in their very acts betraying still the basic fear that lingered from the cave, the eternal human yen for protection against bad luck or black magic or the evil eye or whatever other name one might put to it.

There was something about Yen he did not understand, a part of the tapestry unwoven or out of sight, at least.

With Number One we have never come into personal contactwe know him, as it were, only by the impress of his mindand in passing, Hastings, I will tell you that I begin to understand that mind very wella mind most subtle and Orientalevery scheme and plot that we have encountered has emanated from the brain of Li Chang Yen.

That pork cutlet ya ate for supper, ya know that money came from a farmer in Akita, the thousand yen he gave me with his hand all black, ya know that?

Hawkins had put together was money: Chinese, American dollars, plenty of yen, Thai bhat, and a good sum of the ubiquitous euros.

The beach at Vung Tau, once the foundation of our union, has been replaced by a night on Yen Phu Street in Binh Khoi, and no edifice built upon such imperfect stone could be other than cracked and deficient.

Yens frowned and gnawed his lip, Festus had turned away, and Bollo was blank as a worn page in one of the ancient books.