Definition of yearning
: a tender or urgent longing a yearning for justice
Examples of yearning in a Sentence
had a sudden yearning for something sweet
Recent Examples of yearning from the Web
Perfectly cooked, pleasantly fatty, with a subtle smokiness from the grill, these thin slices of beef with their sweet and savory marinade are just the thing to soothe your carnivorous yearnings.
In Austin Power’s ethereal watercolors, facial features float on white paper; difficult to read, they are filled with pathos and yearning.
African American spirituals allowed enslaved people and their descendants to give voice to both the sufferings of their oppression as well as their yearning and hope for better times.
Of the couples currently posting profiles on her agency’s web site, expressing their yearning to adopt, about half are same-sex couples.
After an ugly and sometimes violent campaign season, in the early months of a divisive and rhetorically aggressive presidency, there seemed to be a yearning to use the shootings as an opportunity for a reset.
And though the track is light, the song's immense yearning can be heard in the Cole's powerful voice and the slight somber twang of the guitar.
To put their political yearnings in front of the needs of those people whom they are supposed to represent is deplorable.
Where does Oregon land in this methodologically questionable but nonetheless fascinating rating of our yearning for the past?
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First Known Use of yearning
before 12th century
YEARNING Defined for Kids
Definition of yearning for Students
: an eager desire
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