verb \ˈyərn\

: to feel a strong desire or wish for something or to do something

Full Definition of YEARN

intransitive verb
:  to long persistently, wistfully, or sadly <yearns to make a difference>
:  to feel tenderness or compassion
yearn·er noun
yearn·ing·ly \ˈyər-niŋ-lē\ adverb

Origin of YEARN

Middle English yernen, from Old English giernan; akin to Old High German gerōn to desire, Latin hortari to urge, encourage, Greek chairein to rejoice
First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with YEARN


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