yearn

  • 1 yearn — yearn·er; yearn·ful; yearn·ing·ly; yearn; …

    English syllables

  • 2 Yearn — Yearn, v. i. [OE. yernen, [yogh]ernen, [yogh]eornen, AS. geornian, gyrnan, fr. georn desirous, eager; akin to OS. gern desirous, girnean, gernean, to desire, D. gaarne gladly, willingly, G. gern, OHG. gerno, adv., gern, a., G. gier greed, OHG.… …

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  • 3 Yearn — (y[ e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yearned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yearning}.] [Also earn, ern; probably a corruption of OE. ermen to grieve, AS. ierman, yrman, or geierman, geyrman, fr. earm wretched, poor; akin to D. & G. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms.… …

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  • 4 Yearn — Yearn, v. i. To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn. [Obs.] Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 5 yearn — [jə:n US jə:rn] v [: Old English; Origin: giernan] [i]literary to have a strong desire for something, especially something that is difficult or impossible to get = ↑long yearn for ▪ Hannah yearned for a child. yearn to be/do sth ▪ Phil had… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 6 Yearn — Yearn, v. i. & t. [See {Yearnings}.] To curdle, as milk. [Scot.] [1913 Webster] …

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  • 7 yearn — [ jɜrn ] verb transitive MAINLY LITERARY to want something a lot, especially something that you know you may not be able to have: He yearned for her love. They were yearning to have a baby …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 8 yearn — (v.) O.E. geornan (Mercian), giernan (W.Saxon), giorna (Northumbrian), from P.Gmc. *gernijanan (Cf. Goth. gairnjan to desire, Ger. begehren to desire ), from *gernaz (Cf. O.H.G. gern, O.N. gjarn desirous, O.E. georn …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 9 yearn — *long, pine, hanker, hunger, thirst Analogous words: crave, *desire, wish, want, covet: aspire, pant, *aim …

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  • 10 yearn — [v] desire strongly ache, be desirous of, be eager for, be passionate, chafe, covet, crave, dream, hanker, have a crush on*, have a yen for, hunger, itch, languish, long, lust, pine, set one’s heart on*, thirst, want, wish for; concept 20 Ant.… …

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  • 11 yearn — ► VERB ▪ have an intense feeling of loss and longing for something. DERIVATIVES yearner noun yearning noun. ORIGIN Old English, from a Germanic base meaning eager …

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  • 12 yearn — [yʉrn] vi. [ME yernen < OE gyrnan < georn, eager, akin to Ger gern, gladly: see HORTATORY] 1. to be filled with longing or desire 2. to feel tenderness or sympathy yearner n …

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  • 13 yearn — yearner, n. /yerrn/, v.i. 1. to have an earnest or strong desire; long: to yearn for a quiet vacation. 2. to feel tenderness; be moved or attracted: They yearned over their delicate child. [bef. 900; ME yernen, OE giernan deriv. of georn eager;… …

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  • 14 yearn — v. 1) (d; intr.) to yearn for (to yearn for freedom) 2) (E) she yearns to return home * * * [jɜːn] (E) she yearns to return home (d; intr.) to yearn for (to yearn for freedom) …

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  • 15 yearn — [[t]yɜrn[/t]] v. i. 1) to have an earnest or strong desire; long 2) to feel tenderness; be moved • Etymology: bef. 900; ME yernen, OE giernan, der. of georn eager, c. OOHG gern, Go gairns desirous; akin to Gk chaírein to rejoice, Skt háryati (he) …

    From formal English to slang

  • 16 Yearn — Recorded as Yarn, Yarne, Yearn, Yearne, Yearnes, Yearns, and possibly others, this is a surname of Olde English pre 7th century origins. It derives from Arn a personal name of great antiquity and translates as eagle, a meaning which no doubt… …

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  • 17 yearn — verb (I) literary to have a strong desire for something, especially something that is difficult or impossible to get: yearn for sth: Hannah yearned for a child | yearn to do sth: yearning to go home …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 yearn — UK [jɜː(r)n] / US [jɜrn] verb [intransitive] Word forms yearn : present tense I/you/we/they yearn he/she/it yearns present participle yearning past tense yearned past participle yearned mainly literary to want something a lot, especially… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 yearn — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English yernen, from Old English giernan; akin to Old High German gerōn to desire, Latin hortari to urge, encourage, Greek chairein to rejoice Date: before 12th century 1. to long persistently, wistfully, or… …

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  • 20 yearn — verb a) To long, have a strong desire (for something). b) To long back with melancholy, nostalgically …

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