What does yearn mean?

Definitions for yearn
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hanker, long, yearnverb

    desire strongly or persistently

  2. ache, yearn, yen, pine, languishverb

    have a desire for something or someone who is not present

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

  3. yearnverb

    have affection for; feel tenderness for

Wiktionary

  1. yearnverb

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

    Etymology: From giernan, from girnijanan.

  2. yearnverb

    To long back with melancholy, nostalgically

    Etymology: From giernan, from girnijanan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yearnverb

    to pain; to grieve; to vex

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

  2. Yearnverb

    to be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

  3. Yearn

    to curdle, as milk

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

  4. Yearnverb

    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

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yearn

    yėrn, v.i. to feel earnest desire: to feel uneasiness, as from longing or pity.—n. Yearn′ing, earnest desire, tenderness, or pity.—adj. longing.—adv. Yearn′ingly. [A.S. giernan, giernian, to desire—georn, desirous, eager; cf. Ger. begehren. to long for.]

  2. Yearn

    yėrn, v.i. and v.t. (Shak.) to grieve. [M. E. ermen—A.S. yrman, to vex—earm, poor.]

  3. Yearn

    yėrn, v.t. (Spens.) to earn.

  4. Yearn

    yėrn, v.i. to curdle, as milk—also Earn.—n. Yearn′ing, rennet.

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Anagrams for yearn »

  1. aryne, Rayne, Yaren, yarne

  2. Aryne

  3. Rayne

  4. Yaren

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yearn in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yearn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of yearn in a Sentence

  1. Prime Minister Lyonchoen Tshering Tobgay:

    We must find ways of energizing GNH in rural areas, so young people build their careers and families in our beautiful villages as mature modern men and women, and don't only yearn for the city lights.

  2. Alexander Solzhenitsyn:

    Do not pursue what is illusory - property and position all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life - don't be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness it is after all, all the same the bitter doesn't last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.

  3. RVM:

    First you Yearn to Earn. Then you Learn that others will Burn what you Earn. Stop! Turn and Spend before your End.

  4. Johann von Goethe:

    I love those who yearn for the impossible.

  5. Richard Herzinger:

    This alienation from Brussels makes some Germans yearn for a national party like the AFD that truly represents their own national interests.

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