Synonyms & Near Synonyms for yearn
Antonyms & Near Antonyms for yearn
Some common synonyms of yearn are hanker, hunger, long, pine, and thirst. While all these words mean "to have a strong desire for something," yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing.
yearned for a stage career
The synonyms hanker and yearn are sometimes interchangeable, but hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire.
always hankering for money
Both hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need.
hungered for a business of his own
thirsted for power
Although the words long and yearn have much in common, long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain.
longed for some rest
The words pine and yearn can be used in similar contexts, but pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible.
pined for a lost love
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“Yearn.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/yearn. Accessed 11 May. 2021.
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