Associations to the word «Yearn»


YEARN, verb. (intransitive) (construed with for) To long, have a strong desire (for something).
YEARN, verb. (intransitive) (construed with for) To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
YEARN, verb. (intransitive) To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
YEARN, verb. (transitive) To pain; to grieve; to vex.
YEARN, verb. (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.

Dictionary definition

YEARN, verb. Desire strongly or persistently.
YEARN, verb. Have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover".
YEARN, verb. Have affection for; feel tenderness for.

Wise words

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.
Noam Chomsky