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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 ?
Thou canst not think," said the minister, glancing aside at Hester Prynne, "how my heart dreads this interview, and yearns for it
If my department were geography or mathematics, I believe I should feel that I was accomplishing something, for in those branches application and industry work wonders; but in English literature and composition one yearns for brains, for appreciation, for imagination
The anguish in her little heart was not alone the anguish of physical pain; but that infinitely more pathetic anguish--of love denied a childish heart that yearns for love.
If it wasn't for that clear showing of the Lord's will, I should be loath to go, for my heart yearns over my aunt and her little ones, and that poor wandering lamb Hetty Sorrel.
For ten years have I been enduring a living death of uncertainty and doubt as to whether Dejah Thoris lived, and now that for the first time in all these years my prayers have been answered and my doubt relieved I find myself, through a cruel whim of fate, hurled into the one tiny spot of all Barsoom from which there is apparently no escape, and if there were, at a price which would put out for ever the last flickering hope which I may cling to of seeing my princess again in this life--and you have seen to-day with what pitiful futility man yearns toward a material hereafter.
I think such an individual really does become a type of his own--a type of commonplaceness which will not for the world, if it can help it, be contented, but strains and yearns to be something original and independent, without the slightest possibility of being so.
Then the soul of the thirsty one, in so far as he is thirsty, desires only drink; for this he yearns and tries to obtain it?
Haven't you seen yet, that my heart yearns to make a Christian of you?
My heart yearns to you, boy, and gladly would I do you good.
Why, the poor old crone is restless in a strange land, and yearns to lay her bones, she says, among her people in the old graveyard at home: and so they go to pay her passage back: and God help her and them, and every simple heart, and all who turn to the Jerusalem of their younger days, and have an altar-fire upon the cold hearth of their fathers.
The light shines only on a small space around her; therefore, she needs must yearn towards the unknown; and the voices and shadowy movings which come to her from out the cloudy pillar of inspiration have each one echoes and answers in her own expecting nature.
His heart was torn with desire, although he made no sound, and he continued only to yearn over the companion combing and to listen to the faint sounds of Skipper's progress for'ard.