yearn

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yearn

 (yûrn)
intr.v. yearned, yearn·ing, yearns
1. To have a strong, often sad longing: yearn for a better life; yearn to see an old friend.
2. To feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness: yearned over the child's fate.

[Middle English yernen, from Old English geornan, giernan; see gher- in Indo-European roots.]

yearn′er n.

yearn

(jɜːn)
vb (intr)
1. (usually foll by: for or after or an infinitive) to have an intense desire or longing (for); pine (for)
2. to feel tenderness or affection
[Old English giernan; related to Old Saxon girnian, Old Norse girna, Gothic gairnjan, Old High German gerōn to long for, Sanskrit haryati he likes]
ˈyearner n

yearn

(yɜrn)

v.i.
1. to have an earnest or strong desire; long.
2. to feel tenderness; be moved.
[before 900; Middle English yernen, Old English giernan, derivative of georn eager, c. Old Saxon, Old High German gern, Gothic -gairns desirous; akin to Greek chaírein to rejoice, Skt háryati (he) desires]
yearn′er, n.
syn: yearn, long, hanker, pine all mean to feel a strong desire for something. yearn stresses the depth and power of the desire: to yearn to begin a new life. long implies a wholehearted desire for something that seems unattainable: to long to relive one's childhood. hanker suggests a restless craving: to hanker after fame and fortune. pine adds the notion of physical or emotional suffering due to the real or apparent hopelessness of one's desire: to pine for a lost love.

yearn


Past participle: yearned
Gerund: yearning

Imperative
yearn
yearn
Present
I yearn
you yearn
he/she/it yearns
we yearn
you yearn
they yearn
Preterite
I yearned
you yearned
he/she/it yearned
we yearned
you yearned
they yearned
Present Continuous
I am yearning
you are yearning
he/she/it is yearning
we are yearning
you are yearning
they are yearning
Present Perfect
I have yearned
you have yearned
he/she/it has yearned
we have yearned
you have yearned
they have yearned
Past Continuous
I was yearning
you were yearning
he/she/it was yearning
we were yearning
you were yearning
they were yearning
Past Perfect
I had yearned
you had yearned
he/she/it had yearned
we had yearned
you had yearned
they had yearned
Future
I will yearn
you will yearn
he/she/it will yearn
we will yearn
you will yearn
they will yearn
Future Perfect
I will have yearned
you will have yearned
he/she/it will have yearned
we will have yearned
you will have yearned
they will have yearned
Future Continuous
I will be yearning
you will be yearning
he/she/it will be yearning
we will be yearning
you will be yearning
they will be yearning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been yearning
you have been yearning
he/she/it has been yearning
we have been yearning
you have been yearning
they have been yearning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been yearning
you will have been yearning
he/she/it will have been yearning
we will have been yearning
you will have been yearning
they will have been yearning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been yearning
you had been yearning
he/she/it had been yearning
we had been yearning
you had been yearning
they had been yearning
Conditional
I would yearn
you would yearn
he/she/it would yearn
we would yearn
you would yearn
they would yearn
Past Conditional
I would have yearned
you would have yearned
he/she/it would have yearned
we would have yearned
you would have yearned
they would have yearned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.yearn - desire strongly or persistently
pine, yen, yearn, ache, languish - have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"
desire, want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
2.yearn - have a desire for something or someone who is not presentyearn - have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"
die - languish as with love or desire; "She dying for a cigarette"; "I was dying to leave"
hanker, long, yearn - desire strongly or persistently
3.yearn - have affection for; feel tenderness for
cherish, hold dear, treasure, care for - be fond of; be attached to

yearn

verb (often with for) long, desire, pine, pant, hunger, ache, lust, crave, covet, itch, languish, hanker after, have a yen for (informal), eat your heart out over, set your heart upon, suspire (archaic or poetic), would give your eyeteeth for He yearned for freedom.

yearn

verb
1. To have a strong longing for:
Informal: hone.
2. To experience or express compassion:
Idioms: be sorry, have pity.
Translations
يَتوقُ إلى
toužit
længes
kaivata
čeznuti
sóvárogvágyódik
òrá
desidero
ilgotiesskumt
čeznutižudetiжудетичезнути
längta efterlängta tilllängta tillbaka till
gözünde tütmeközlemek

yearn

[jɜːn] VI to yearn for [+ native land, person] → añorar; [+ freedom] → anhelar
to yearn to do sthanhelar hacer algo, ansiar hacer algo

yearn

[ˈjɜːrn] vi
to yearn for sth → désirer vivement qch
to yearn to do sth → désirer vivement faire qch

yearn

visich sehnen (after, for nach); to yearn to do somethingsich danach sehnen, etw zu tun; to yearn for homesich nach Hause sehnen; to yearn for somebodysich nach jdm sehnen, nach jdm verlangen

yearn

[jɜːn] vi to yearn for sb/sthdesiderare ardentemente qn/qc
to yearn to do sth → struggersi dal desiderio di fare qc

yearn

(jəːn) verb
to feel a great desire; to long. to yearn for an end to the war.
ˈyearning noun
(a) strong desire.
References in classic literature ?
In the boyish figure she yearned to see something half forgotten that had once been a part of herself re- created.
Gamut stood at his side, his meek head bared to the rays of the sun, while his eyes, wandering and concerned, seemed to be equally divided between that little volume, which contained so many quaint but holy maxims, and the being in whose behalf his soul yearned to administer consolation.
She yearned to take him by the hand, and go and kneel down, they two together,--both so long separate from the world, and, as she now recognized, scarcely friends with Him above,--to kneel down among the people, and be reconciled to God and man at once.
As the enraptured Ichabod fancied all this, and as he rolled his great green eyes over the fat meadow lands, the rich fields of wheat, of rye, of buckwheat, and Indian corn, and the orchards burdened with ruddy fruit, which surrounded the warm tenement of Van Tassel, his heart yearned after the damsel who was to inherit these domains, and his imagination expanded with the idea, how they might be readily turned into cash, and the money invested in immense tracts of wild land, and shingle palaces in the wilderness.
It was as if what I had yearned for had come at last only to astonish me.
Then her conscience reproached her, and she yearned to say something kind and loving; but she judged that this would be construed into a confession that she had been in the wrong, and discipline forbade that.
The reader believed his name was already written in the Lamb's book of life, and he yearned after the hour which should admit him to the city to which the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour; which has no need of sun or moon to shine in it, because the glory of God lightens it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
I wasted no condolences on Miss, nor any expostulations on my mistress; nor did I pay much attention to the sighs of my master, who yearned to hear his lady's name, since he might not hear her voice.
Her heart yearned over the two creatures as she patted and caressed them.
He once yearned so frightfully for that occupation, and it was so welcome when it came; no doubt it relieved his pain so much, by substituting the perplexity of the fingers for the perplexity of the brain, and by substituting, as he became more practised, the ingenuity of the hands, for the ingenuity of the mental torture; that he has never been able to bear the thought of putting it quite out of his reach.
Then up rose Mrs Cratchit, Cratchit's wife, dressed out but poorly in a twice-turned gown, but brave in ribbons, which are cheap and make a goodly show for sixpence; and she laid the cloth, assisted by Belinda Cratchit, second of her daughters, also brave in ribbons; while Master Peter Cratchit plunged a fork into the saucepan of potatoes, and getting the corners of his monstrous shirt collar (Bob's private property, conferred upon his son and heir in honour of the day) into his mouth, rejoiced to find himself so gallantly attired, and yearned to show his linen in the fashionable Parks.
Then, assured that the young Englishman was going in the wrong direction to meet Meriem he had abandoned him and returned slowly to the point where he had seen the girl, for whom his heart yearned, in the arms of another.