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Meaning of YEARN

Pronunciation:  yurn

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  have affection for; feel tenderness for
  2. [v]  have a yen for
  3. [v]  desire strongly or persistently

YEARN is a 5 letter word that starts with Y.


 Synonyms: ache, hanker, languish, long, pine, yen
 See Also: care for, cherish, desire, die, hold dear, miss, treasure, want



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.
          It yearns me not if men my garments wear. --Shak.
  2. \Yearn\, v. i.
    To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn. [Obs.]
    ``Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.'' --Shak.
  3. \Yearn\, v. i. & t. [See {Yearnings}.]
    To curdle, as milk. [Scot.]
  4. \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[=i] 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.
          Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his
          brother; and he sought where to weep.    --Gen. xliii.
          Your mother's heart yearns towards you.  --Addison.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are being yearned for indicates that you will soon be greeted with a proposal for marriage. Dreaming that you yearn for someone, foretells that you will find joy and contentment with your present love.