Definition of 'yearn'
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It yearned for days of yore, when men sat unchallenged atop family and social trees. Times, Sunday Times (2016)If you still yearn for the new woman in your life, man up and tell your girlfriend your feelings have changed. The Sun (2016)Winter blues At this time of year I yearn for something to light up the grey. Times, Sunday Times (2016)The thrust of the music made the audience feel happy and yearn to get up and dance. Times, Sunday Times (2010)We all yearn for something to happen. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Or does she yearn for the days of surly detachment when doing her shopping? Times, Sunday Times (2015)Do you yearn for something slightly more annoying? Times, Sunday Times (2014)In my day we yearned for a halfway house. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Connection is here something both yearned for and guarded against. The Times Literary Supplement (2012)But the pickers themselves now yearn for those days to return. Times, Sunday Times (2007)After years of disappointment we yearn for something fresh. The Sun (2016)It made me wonder how human beings can yearn for something that can make them suffer so much. Times, Sunday Times (2006)If she still yearns to be back with her ex she is not emotionally free to have a relationship with you. The Sun (2011)Do our MPs still yearn for a universe where they are somehow above the law? Times, Sunday Times (2011)Don't we all yearn for the days when it was only reds under our beds? The Sun (2008)And yet he still yearned for a luminous bubble, for an impossible time of privilege and turmoil. Times, Sunday Times (2014)They yearn to get naked. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Like a tiger, "pacing the cage," he yearns to get moving again. Christianity Today (2000)But, somehow, we did not feel that we yearned for the picturesque nearly so much now as we had earlier in the day. Three Men in a Boat (1889)
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Used Occasionally. yearn is one of the 30000 most commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'yearn'
British English: yearn VERB
If someone yearns for something that they are unlikely to get, they want it very much.
He yearned for freedom.
He yearned to see his loved ones again.
Definition of yearn from the Collins English Dictionary
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