deep longing, especially when accompanied by tenderness or sadness: a widower's yearning for his wife.
an instance of such longing.

Origin of yearning

before 900; Middle English; Old English gierninge. See yearn, -ing1
Related formsyearn·ing·ly, adverbun·yearn·ing, adjective

Synonym study

1. See desire. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an intense or overpowering longing, desire, or need; craving
Derived Formsyearningly, adverb
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