Definition of yearn in English:

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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

Derivatives

yearner

noun
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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with yearn

adjourn, astern, Berne, burn, churn, concern, discern, earn, fern, fohn, kern, learn, Lucerne, quern, Sauternes, spurn, stern, Sterne, tern, terne, Traherne, turn, urn, Verne

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Syllabification: yearn

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