verb (used without object)
- yeardley, sir george,
- yearly meeting,
- yeast cake
Origin of yearn
Examples from the Web for yearned
Growing up as a teen in the 1960s, she had yearned to wear the same clothes her girlfriends wore.
Mrs. Clinton gave them just the sizzle they yearned for in a recent interview in The Atlantic.Here's How to Dig Out of This 'Stupid Sh*t' U.S. Foreign Policy|Leslie H. Gelb|August 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He more likely yearned to be a hero like the men in the movie posters.Hollywood, Shootings, and ‘2 Guns’: When Is Stylized Violence Obscene?|Michael Daly|July 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She yearned to do something that would affect the poorest people—the people on the ground who get lost in the shuffle.Luci: A Revolutionary Solar-Powered Lantern That Shines a Light on Poverty|Janine di Giovanni|May 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
McConnell's claim to the historical legacy he once yearned for might lie, ironically, in having made Obama's possible.
No, something else from within him had died, something which already for a long time had yearned to die.Siddhartha|Herman Hesse
Oh, how she yearned to get up next morning, and present herself at the breakfast table!A Fourth Form Friendship|Angela Brazil
He had seen no one he knew that day except Toby, and he yearned for a little light conversation.Mammon and Co.|E. F. Benson
It was the glad cry of greeting she had yearned for in the big voice of a man whose delight is unmeasured.The Heart of Unaga|Ridgwell Cullum
The Other Girl's eyes were gazing out of the car window as if they saw lost opportunities and yearned over them.Glory and the Other Girl|Annie Hamilton Donnell
Word Origin for yearn
Old English geornan (Mercian), giernan (West Saxon), giorna (Northumbrian), from Proto-Germanic *gernijanan (cf. Gothic gairnjan "to desire," German begehren "to desire"), from *gernaz (cf. Old High German gern, Old Norse gjarn "desirous," Old English georn "eager, desirous," German gern "gladly, willingly"), from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (see hortatory). Related: Yearned; yearning.