from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To have a strong, often melancholy desire.
- intransitive v. To feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness: yearned over the child's fate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To long, have a strong desire (for something).
- v. To long back with melancholy, nostalgically
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pain; to grieve; to vex.
- intransitive v. To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
- v. To curdle, as milk.
- intransitive v. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To long for something; desire eagerly; feel desire or longing.
- To cry out eagerly; give tongue, as a dog.
- To grieve; mourn; sorrow.
- To grieve; trouble; vex.
- Same as earn.
- Same as earn.
- n. A dialectal (Scotch) form of earn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. desire strongly or persistently
- v. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
- v. have affection for; feel tenderness for
Sure, it's mildly entertaining to read an essay excerpt where a kid uses the word "urine" in place of the word "yearn."
For some odd reason when people other than whites for lack of a better term yearn to preserve their heritage and culture, it is generally encouraged.
My beloved Perishers always travelled by train for their annual parent-free holidays, and I do kind of yearn to have that experience.
I kind of yearn for the days where I was completely anonymous and could spew forth brain dumps without repercussion, but recent times have taught me that if I Write It About Them, They Will Find It.
Then it descends into a monster/horror movie which as a 7 year old I loved to pieces but much older and wiser now, having seen so many superior monster films… I kind of yearn for that Close Encounters feeling again during re-runs.
I just heard one say, "Use 'yearn'," and the response: “how do you spell that?”
The notion that even educated middle-class American women had to put out in order to get a damn refrigerator — even that they might "yearn" for one — just steams me.
Yet the severe and strait-laced censors are not perhaps so much of a nuisance as the sternly-cultured and emotional persons who "yearn" a great deal.
"Their utmost up and on", v. 23, to be construed with "yearn", v. 21.
Thy path, how could Thy true lovers be recognized; and were it not for the trials which are borne for love of Thee, how could the station of such as yearn for Thee be revealed?