English Thesaurus

Synonyms of 'hanker after'

(verb) 
I hankered after a floor-length suede coat.
Synonyms
desire
He was bored and desired change in his life.
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want
My husband really wants a new car.
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long for
,
hope for
,
crave
There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
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covet
She coveted his job so openly that conversations between them were tense.
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wish for
They wished for a son or daughter to carry on the family business.
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yearn for
,
pine for
,
lust after
,
eat your heart out
,
ache for
,
yen for (informal)
,
itch for
,
set your heart on
,
hunger for or after
,
thirst for or after

Additional synonyms

in the sense of covet
Definition
to long to possess (something belonging to another person)
She coveted his job so openly that conversations between them were tense.
Synonyms
long for,
fancy (informal),
yearn for,
thirst for,
lust after,
set your heart on,
have your eye on,
would give your eyeteeth for
in the sense of crave
Definition
to desire intensely
There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
Synonyms
long for,
yearn for,
be dying for,
fancy (informal),
hope for,
cry out for (informal),
thirst for,
pine for,
lust after,
pant for,
sigh for,
set your heart on,
hunger after,
eat your heart out over,
would give your eyeteeth for
in the sense of want
Definition
to feel a need or longing for
My husband really wants a new car.
Synonyms
wish for,
long for,
hope for,
yearn for,
thirst for,
hunger for,
pine for,
set your heart on,
feel a need for,
have a yen for (informal),
have a fancy for,
eat your heart out over,
would give your eyeteeth for

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Thesaurus for hanker after from the Collins English Thesaurus
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