yearn

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English giernan, from Proto-Germanic *girnijaną.

Verb[edit]

yearn (third-person singular simple present yearns, present participle yearning, simple past and past participle yearned)

  1. (intransitive, construed with for) To long, have a strong desire (for something).
    • All I yearn for is a simple life.
  2. (intransitive, construed with for) To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
  3. (intransitive) To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
    • Shakespeare
      Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
  4. (transitive) To pain; to grieve; to vex.
    • Shakespeare
      It would yearn your heart to see it.
    • Shakespeare
      It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See yearning (rennet).

Verb[edit]

yearn (third-person singular simple present yearns, present participle yearning, simple past and past participle yearned)

  1. (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.

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See also[edit]

crave