Definition of yearning in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈjɜːnɪŋ/


A feeling of intense longing for something: he felt a yearning for the mountains
More example sentences
  • 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.
longing, pining, craving, desire, want, wish, hankering, urge, need, hunger, hungering, thirst, appetite, greed, lust, ache, burning, fancy, inclination, eagerness, fervour
informal yen, itch
rare cacoethes


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: /ˈjəːnɪŋli/
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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