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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.
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Noun1.yearner - a person with a strong desire for somethingyearner - a person with a strong desire for something; "a longer for money"; "a thirster after blood"; "a yearner for knowledge"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
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The 'yearner', who sleep on their side with both arms out in front are open but can be cynical.