yearning

noun
yearn·​ing | \ ˈyər-niŋ How to pronounce yearning (audio) \

Definition of yearning

: a tender or urgent longing a yearning for justice

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Examples of yearning in a Sentence

had a sudden yearning for something sweet

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Saoirse was fierce, both in her love for her family and yearning for justice. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Saoirse Kennedy Hill went for a sunrise swim in the Atlantic hours before her death, report says," 6 Aug. 2019 Then, in the late 1980s, a series of events lit the wick of a global yearning for Provence. Alexander Lobrano, WSJ, "The New Provence: From Quaint to Uber-Chic," 11 July 2019 With the event, Ford has tapped into a yearning for small-batch design and leisurely shopping that some feared was becoming lost in the era of Amazon. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Field + Supply: The Craft Fair Worth Traveling Cross Country For," 12 Apr. 2019 Buckley can relate to the character’s stasis and yearning for renewal. Christopher Wallenberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Betty Buckley has found her match with ‘Hello, Dolly!’," 8 Aug. 2019 Saoirse was fierce, both in her love for her family and yearning for justice. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Saoirse Kennedy Hill went for a sunrise swim in the Atlantic hours before her death, report says," 6 Aug. 2019 Saoirse was fierce, both in her love for her family and yearning for justice. Maeve Mcdermott, USA TODAY, "Saoirse Kennedy Hill, RFK's granddaughter, to be laid to rest at Monday funeral," 2 Aug. 2019 The Fed is not supposed to respond directly to anything else—not the pressures of investors and especially not the yearnings of politicians for easy money to juice short-term growth in an election year. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "With today’s rate cut, the Fed is jeopardizing its credibility," 31 July 2019 Who knows in how many directorial breasts a conflict rages between a desire for intimacy and the yearning for the very grandest of effects? James Fenton, The New York Review of Books, "James Fenton," 9 May 2019

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First Known Use of yearning

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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yearning

noun
yearn·​ing | \ ˈyər-niŋ How to pronounce yearning (audio) \

Kids Definition of yearning

: an eager desire

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