Yearn Definition

yûrn
yearned, yearning, yearns
verb
yearned, yearning, yearns
To be filled with longing or desire.
Webster's New World
To feel tenderness or sympathy.
Webster's New World
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.
YourDictionary

(intransitive, construed with f) To long, have a strong desire (for something).

Wiktionary

(intransitive, construed with f) To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically.

Wiktionary
Synonyms:
longhankerlanguishpineyenachechafethirst forhave a yen forhanker afterset-one-s-heart-uponaspire tohunger forwish forbe passionate
Antonyms:
be indifferentbe contentavoiddislikehate
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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

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