- (intransitive, construed with for) To long, have a strong desire (for something).
- All I yearn for is a simple life.
- (intransitive, construed with for) To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
- (intransitive) To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
- Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
- (transitive) To pain; to grieve; to vex.
- It would yearn your heart to see it.
- It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
to have a strong desire; to long
to long for something in the past with melancholy
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See yearning (“rennet”).
yearn (plural yearns)
- (nonstandard) yen; yearning
- 1917 August 12, "A YEARN FOR PEACE; Pan-Germanism Denounced" Sunday Times (Perth, WA) p.1
- 1979 Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song
- Gibbs now said he wasn't going to pull any punches with Gary when he knew how jealous a man could get, so he also wanted to tell him that Phil Hansen was reputed to have a yearn for attractive ladies.
- 2010 Frank Buchmann-Moller Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster (University of Michigan Press) →ISBN p.57
- "After he had made a record date with us in 1935, I always had a yearn for Ben," he said years later.
- 2014 February 13, AFP, "Why internet adultery numbers are soaring" New Zealand Herald
- "My guess, however, is that it has because there are many people who have a yearn for sex outside their relationship but wouldn't have the slightest idea about how to do it or do it safely," Prof Schwartz added.