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Main Entry: yearn
Pronunciation: primarystressyschwarn
Function: verb
1 : to desire eagerly
2 : to feel tenderness or sympathy
- yearnˇer noun
synonyms YEARN, LONG, PINE mean to desire something very much. YEARN suggests an eager desire along with restless, painful feelings <yearning to go home>. LONG suggests wanting something with one's whole heart and often striving to get it as well <longing to succeed as a writer>. PINE suggests that one grows weak while continuing to want something that one will never have <pining away for an absent friend>.

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