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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Like big pop ballads in which everything matters terribly, these shows give shape to yearning. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Netflix-bound Shondaland has a parting gift for ABC: the 'Grey's Anatomy' spinoff 'Station 19'," 22 Mar. 2018 The recital of a prayer on the Day of Atonement, focusing on dear ones who have departed, explicitly addresses this yearning. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 Yet almost every story reflected his yearning to broaden the boundaries of the English language. Lynda Robinson, Washington Post, "‘Piercingly funny’: Tom Wolfe’s years as a Washington Post reporter," 15 May 2018 His yearning for home, undimmed by time, was wedged in her mind. Lily Rothman, Time, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Long-Unpublished Barracoon Finds Its Place After Decades of Delay," 10 May 2018 Their yearning, soothing alt-rock is a captivating soundtrack for the sunny afternoon. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Record Store Day 2018: Here's What Went Down During the New York Crawl," 22 Apr. 2018 The book conveys the yearning for a unity of being that can only be achieved, according to the mystic tradition that Gibran followed, through love. Time, "The Boss: How I Became the CEO of One of America's Largest Real Estate Firms," 7 June 2018 But this is more than an ode to nostalgia and romance, or a yearning for analog objects in a digital world. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "6 Reasons You Should Always Have a Paper Map," 19 Nov. 2018 An actor who would, like them, effortlessly embody Spock’s greatest qualities, beyond obvious logic: empathy, intuition, compassion, confusion, and yearning. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery has cast its young Spock for season two," 15 Aug. 2018

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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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