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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The open road, the passing of time, the tug of yearning, and a certain aimlessness were all themes that crept into his songs. John Adamian, courant.com, "Jackson Browne, now addressing migrant crisis, at the Oakdale," 21 June 2019 Old-time religion fails to assuage shame over his yearnings and abuse. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Coming-of-age story packs an emotional wallop with its premiere at opera festival," 18 June 2019 Now our increasingly multipolar world has loosened up brand-new tangents of human yearning. Paul Salopek, The New Yorker, "A Twenty-Four-Thousand-Mile Walk Across Human History," 17 June 2019 Spears has often expressed a similar yearning for autonomy; she allegedly isn't even allowed to drive. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All Miley Cyrus' Black Mirror Episode Makes Me Think About Is Britney Spears," 6 June 2019 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 Lily Rothman, Time, "Zora Neale Hurston’s Long-Unpublished Barracoon Finds Its Place After Decades of Delay," 10 May 2018

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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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