Definition of yearning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyərniNG/


A feeling of intense longing for something: he felt a yearning for the mountains
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  • My yearnings for the taste of meat are becoming almost animalistic in their fervour.
  • Maimonides compares this to the intense yearnings that a man feels for a woman.
  • The feminine side in all of us sometimes represents fulfilment of spiritual yearnings.


Involving or expressing yearning: a yearning hope
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  • What is the suppressed focus, the yearning urge in our species to be so neccessarily linked?
  • Is there no unhappy David to whom I can sing the yearning psalms of love?
  • The accompanying soundtrack has the yearning vocal of one José González.



Pronunciation: /ˈyərniNGlē/
Example sentences
  • Her gaze wandered to Christopher almost yearningly, whose attention was preoccupied by Matt.
  • I am glad to have MITECS on my shelf I glance at its covers yearningly and think to myself: If only I understood all of those 741 entries.
  • Now history reveals that looking yearningly to America for inspiration in moments of crisis has in fact been a recurrent impulse within Britain's leading groups.

Words that rhyme with yearning

discerning, Herning, turning

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Syllabification: yearn·ing

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