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Definition of yearn in English:


[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 [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.
long, pine, crave, desire, want, want badly, wish, have/feel a longing, covet, lust, pant, hunger, thirst, ache, be aching, itch, be itching;
hanker after, dream of, fancy, have one's heart set on, be bent on, eat one's heart out over
informal have a yen, yen, be dying
archaic be athirst for, be desirous
1.1 archaic Be filled with compassion or warm feeling: no fellow spirit yearned towards her


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.


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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