long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong desire for something. long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain.
longed for some rest yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing.
yearned for a stage career hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire.
always hankering for money pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible.
pined for a lost love hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need.
hungered for a business of his own thirsted for power
Examples of hanker in a Sentence
By the middle of the winter, they were hankering for a warm day.
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