Yearn meaning

yûrn
To yearn is defined as to want something strongly.

An example of yearn is to really want to be with someone you can’t ever be with.

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To have a strong, often sad longing.

Yearn for a better life; yearn to see an old friend.

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To feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness.

Yearned over the child's fate.

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(intransitive, construed with f) To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically.
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To be filled with longing or desire.
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(intransitive) To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
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To pain; to grieve; to vex.
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To feel tenderness or sympathy.
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(intransitive, construed with f) To long, have a strong desire (for something).
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(Scotland) To curdle, as milk.
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Origin of yearn

  • Middle English yernen from Old English geornan, giernan gher-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English giernan, from Proto-Germanic *girnijanÄ….

    From Wiktionary

  • See yearning (“rennet").

    From Wiktionary