Definitions for yearnyɜrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to have an earnest or strong desire; long.

  2. to feel tenderness; be moved.

* 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.

Origin of yearn:

bef. 900; ME yernen, OE giernan, der. of georn eager, c. OS, OHG gern, Go -gairns desirous; akin to Gk chaírein to rejoice, Skt háryati (he) desires


Princeton's WordNet

  1. hanker, long, yearn(verb)

    desire strongly or persistently

  2. ache, yearn, yen, pine, languish(verb)

    have a desire for something or someone who is not present

    "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"

  3. yearn(verb)

    have affection for; feel tenderness for


  1. yearn(Verb)

    To long, have a strong desire (for something).

  2. yearn(Verb)

    To long back with melancholy, nostalgically

  3. Origin: From giernan, from girnijanan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yearn(verb)

    to pain; to grieve; to vex

  2. Yearn(verb)

    to be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn

  3. Yearn

    to curdle, as milk

  4. Yearn(verb)

    to be filled with longing desire; to be harassed or rendered uneasy with longing, or feeling the want of a thing; to strain with emotions of affection or tenderness; to long; to be eager

Anagrams of yearn

  1. aryne, Rayne, Yaren, yarne

  2. Aryne

  3. Rayne

  4. Yaren

Translations for yearn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to feel a great desire; to long

to yearn for an end to the war.

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