Definition of yearn
1 : to long persistently, wistfully, or sadly yearns to make a difference
2 : to feel tenderness or compassion
yearninglyplay \ˈyər-niŋ-lē\ adverb
Recent Examples of yearn from the Web
After Treme's Brenda Jacobs pleaded guilty to killing her husband -- for the second time in 26 years -- siblings of her slain spouse yearned to have one question answered.
The newcomer Chassey Bennett plays Ariel, who yearns to join Eric in the human world but stirs Ursula to extreme jealousy.
Guys like that don’t publicly yearn for a more glamorous role.
This makes fans yearn for fun — and, even more importantly, functioning — accessories.
There is no part of his game yearning for greater usage; even Jordan himself got cold feet on the prospect of signing with Dallas to be a more featured player in 2015.
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
While there is little research on the desire for fatherhood, a 2013 study in Britain found that men and women had similar levels of yearning for children.
The audience, however, yearned for something more: the satisfaction of Trump’s defeat.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of yearn
YEARN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of yearn for English Language Learners
: to feel a strong desire or wish for something or to do something
YEARN Defined for Kids
Definition of yearn for Students
: to desire very much
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