verb (used without object)
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Origin of yearn
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OTHER WORDS FROM yearnyearner, nounun·yearned, adjective
Words nearby yearn
Example sentences from the Web for yearn
In the sense that many people are out of a job and yearning for a sense of security agencies can’t give them.
Perhaps I had become irredeemably out of control because the direction and encouragement I yearned for at home was absent.Traditional school isn’t always the way to go, and I wish my parents had seen that earlier|Kenneth R. Rosen|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Weary of the disruptions, students yearn to return to the classroom.Spring term delays: New wave of coronavirus uncertainty slams higher education|Nick Anderson|January 20, 2021|Washington Post
If you yearn for tranquility, you’ll spend your life in turmoil because that’s not what life is like.Everything is awful. Here’s a Q&A with a philosopher about why cats rule.|Sean Illing|January 15, 2021|Vox
It’s the kind of experience that makes one yearn for a simple life.
Over 2,000 people graduate from university each year in Bhutan, and they yearn for professional work.
We may yearn for them but they are unreachable now, left in a past that seems almost to belong to a distant planet.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It's at a time like this that Germans yearn most for Paul the Octopus, the great mollusk soothsayer for Germany.The Amazing Tale of Paul the Psychic Octopus: Germany’s World Cup Soothsayer|Emily Shire|July 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Fine—many (though not all) transgender people yearn to take on their felt gender role.Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist|Jay Michaelson|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I yearn for an America where people in positions of leadership actually take actual responsibility for their actual failures.‘No Drama’ Obama Finally Takes Charge and Sacks Shinseki|Michael Tomasky|May 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I yearn for one now, but will not endeavour to procure one, I wish to be a father, yet refuse to be a husband or enact his part.'Ancient Faiths And Modern|Thomas Inman
Your 'gift,' your genius, is yourself, and it's because it's yourself that I yearn for you.The Tragic Muse|Henry James
How often, during my ministry, did I yearn to be able to utter that emphatic word!My New Curate|P.A. Sheehan
All that blood in the water made a fine sight, made him yearn all the more to wet his hands with blood.Shaman|Robert Shea
Neither did he yearn for fair persons—sometimes containing a soul—obtainable at a price for ineffable delight.The Surprises of Life|Georges Clemenceau