Definition of yearn in English:

yearn

Syllabification: yearn
Pronunciation: /yərn
 
/

verb

[no object]
1Have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from: she yearned for a glimpse of him some people yearn for a return to monarchy [with infinitive]: they yearned to go home
More example sentences
  • My heart aches now, yearning for you to come back and hug me for the last time before you leave.
  • My heart yearned for you for months and now its desire is fulfilled!
  • I do love this country and I am not about to stop yearning for change and doing what I can to affect a change - but one grows weary.
Synonyms
long for, pine for, crave, desire, want, wish for, hanker for, covet, lust after/for, pant for, hunger for, burn for, thirst for, ache for, eat one's heart out for, have one's heart set on
informal have a yen for, itch for
1.1 archaic Be filled with compassion or warm feeling: no fellow spirit yearned toward her

Origin

Old English giernan, from a Germanic base meaning 'eager'.

Derivatives

yearner

noun
More example sentences
  • It said the ‘martyrdom lovers and heaven yearners’ selected the three hotel targets after ‘a month of surveillance and information gathering of the targets.’
  • I couldn't recognise the yearner of the poems in this woman of sass and spirit.

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