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6 definitions found
 for yearn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Yearn \Yearn\ (y[~e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Yearned; p. pr. &
     vb. n. Yearning.] [Also earn, ern; probably a corruption of
     OE. ermen to grieve, AS. ierman, yrman, or geierman, geyrman,
     fr. earm wretched, poor; akin to D. & G. arm, Icel. armr,
     Goth. arms. The y- in English is perhaps due to the AS. ge
     (see Y-).]
     To pain; to grieve; to vex. [Obs.] "She laments, sir, for it,
     that it would yearn your heart to see it." --Shak.
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           It yearns me not if men my garments wear. --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Yearn \Yearn\, v. i.
     To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn. [Obs.]
     "Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore." --Shak.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Yearn \Yearn\, v. i. & t. [See Yearnings.]
     To curdle, as milk. [Scot.]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Yearn \Yearn\, v. i. [OE. yernen, [yogh]ernen, [yogh]eornen, AS.
     geornian, gyrnan, fr. georn desirous, eager; akin to OS. gern
     desirous, girnean, gernean, to desire, D. gaarne gladly,
     willingly, G. gern, OHG. gerno, adv., gern, a., G. gier
     greed, OHG. gir[imac] greed, ger desirous, ger[=o]n to
     desire, G. begehren, Icel. girna to desire, gjarn eager,
     Goth. fa['i]huga['i]rns covetous, ga['i]rnjan to desire, and
     perhaps to Gr. chai`rein to rejoice, be glad, Skr. hary to
     desire, to like. [root]33.]
     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.
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           Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his
           brother; and he sought where to weep.    --Gen. xliii.
                                                    30.
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           Your mother's heart yearns towards you.  --Addison.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  yearn
      v 1: desire strongly or persistently [syn: hanker, long,
           yearn]
      2: have a desire for something or someone who is not present;
         "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover" [syn:
         ache, yearn, yen, pine, languish]
      3: have affection for; feel tenderness for

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  18 Moby Thesaurus words for "yearn":
     ache, covet, crave, desire, dream, fancy, hanker, hunger, itch,
     long, lust, pant, pine, prefer, thirst, want, wish, yen
  
  

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