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Definition of yearn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

yearn

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//jɜːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jɜːrn//
 
[intransitive] (literary)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they yearn
BrE BrE//jɜːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jɜːrn//
 
he / she / it yearns
BrE BrE//jɜːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jɜːrnz//
 
past simple yearned
BrE BrE//jɜːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jɜːrnd//
 
past participle yearned
BrE BrE//jɜːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//jɜːrnd//
 
-ing form yearning
BrE BrE//ˈjɜːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈjɜːrnɪŋ//
 
 
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to want something very much, especially when it is very difficult to get synonym long yearn (for something/somebody) The people yearned for peace. There was a yearning look in his eyes. She yearned for children of her own. yearn to do something She yearned to escape from her office job. I’ve always yearned to go stock car racing. Word Origin Old English giernan, from a Germanic base meaning ‘eager’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: yearn