To yearn for something is to want it very much. When you yearn for a cake, you are really looking forward to eating it.

  • I yearn for the days when I didn't have to go to school.

  • She yearned for a family, but she never found the right one.

Definition of yearn


have a desire for something or someone who is not present


ache, languish, pine, yen


desire strongly or persistently


hanker, long


have affection for; feel tenderness for

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Example Sentences for yearn

  • 1

    The naked longing and yearning in his eyes is palpable.

  • 2

    They yearn for a long vacation, and get bored with numerous tests and homework.

  • 3

    It is not enough to yearn for peace.

  • 4

    They are yearning to be like a celebrity.

  • 5

    They trust their intuition and yearn for romance.

  • 6

    People yearn to assimilate gift and talent.

  • 7

    People yearn to be like the gifted boy.

  • 8

    Do not yearn for the world, and do not be seduced by it.

  • 9

    The yearning woman appeared depressed and joyless.

  • 10

    It is a saga of yearning and mystery, tragedy, saintliness, and love.