How is the word pine distinct from other similar verbs?
Some common synonyms of pine are hanker, hunger, long, thirst, and yearn. While all these words mean "to have a strong desire for something," pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible.
pined for a lost love
In what contexts can hanker take the place of pine?
While in some cases nearly identical to pine, hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire.
always hankering for money
How do hunger and thirst relate to one another, in the sense of pine?
Both hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need.
hungered for a business of his own
thirsted for power
When can long be used instead of pine?
In some situations, the words long and pine are roughly equivalent. However, long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain.
longed for some rest
Where would yearn be a reasonable alternative to pine?
The synonyms yearn and pine are sometimes interchangeable, but yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing.