What does yearn mean?

Definitions for yearn
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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

Wiktionary

  1. yearn(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From giernan, from girnijanan.

  2. yearn(Verb)

    To long back with melancholy, nostalgically

    Etymology: From giernan, from girnijanan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yearn(verb)

    to pain; to grieve; to vex

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

  2. Yearn(verb)

    to be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

  3. Yearn

    to curdle, as milk

    Etymology: [See Yearnings.]

  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

    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.

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. RVM:

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

  2. Ivan Duque:

    Peace is something all Colombians yearn for, and peace means that we turn the page on the fractures that have divided us into friends and enemies of peace, today, we're all friends to build that peace and it must be a peace that above all allows the guerrilla base its demobilization, its disarmament and its effective reinsertion.

  3. 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.

  4. Ivan Duque:

    Peace is something all Colombians yearn for and peace means that we turn the page on the fissures that have divided us.

  5. Jose Ortega y Gasset:

    Life is a series of collisions with the future it is not the sum of what we have been, but what we yearn to be.

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