Yearn is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand yearn (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use yearn in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of yearn, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of yearn, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - desire strongly or persistently
EXAMPLES - Yearn in a Sentence
- At the moment, most of it just makes readers yearn for paper. (source)
- Thee, how could the station of such as yearn for Thee be revealed? (source)
- Thee, how could the station of such as yearn for Thee be revealed? " (source)
- "Their utmost up and on", v. 23, to be construed with "yearn", v. 21. (source)
- After four startups, does this guy ever yearn for a two-week paycheck? (source)
- But-all we know is that while it's rare, it isn't something to yearn after. (source)
- You have no clue what I '' yearn '' for dear so dont even think of telling me ... (source)
- The linchpin doesn't yearn for the days when she used to be able to exert control. (source)
- I know this blog is called Grinding Down, but grinding is not something I yearn to do. (source)
- I yearn for inhabitants, not dwellings, for the people of good grace, not living chambers. (source)
- What woman who wants children doesn't yearn for a daughter -- at least until a lovable son shows up? (source)
- If we don't yearn for food, however short-term the memory, we would cook whatever... and sometimes do. (source)
- We want competition to be equitable, we yearn for the contest to make sense in way that life so often does not. (source)
- It is a publication, paid for by taxpayers, that nicely demonstrates why we continue to yearn for the last century. (source)
- More specifically, she seemed to yearn for the "good ol 'days" when doctors accepted chickens in lieu of cash payment. (source)
- Sure, it's mildly entertaining to read an essay excerpt where a kid uses the word "urine" in place of the word "yearn." (source)
- And we yearn to know more of Wayne: John Sweeney's unauthorised biography, Rooney's Gold, would be a good place to start. (source)
- Large numbers of those who are intellectually qualified for college also do not yearn for four years of college-level courses. (source)
- They don't "yearn" for anything except to be left alone by foreign missionaries, whether armed with weapons or with ideologies. (source)
- "I only call to your attention I am fellow policeman, and I yearn to save you from an error you will have bitter cause to regret." (source)
- My beloved Perishers always travelled by train for their annual parent-free holidays, and I do kind of yearn to have that experience. (source)
- Although we did not discuss their home lives, many of them seemed to yearn for positive role models to help them on the path of learning. (source)
- Have we just found another way for women to feel they fall short as they yearn for some permanent and radical solution to reach ideal beauty? (source)
- For some odd reason when people other than whites for lack of a better term yearn to preserve their heritage and culture, it is generally encouraged. (source)
- I yearn for the days when Republicans, even as a minority party, were willing to sit in back rooms and hash out compromises with their Democratic adversaries. (source)
- We yearn for the potential buyer to pick up our book, admire its colorful jacket, examine the blurbs, and leaf the pages as our words leap forth, nimble and irresistible. (source)
- Sarwer, can't guarantee satisfaction for patients who yearn for what he calls secondary benefits, such as, 'I'm recently widowed and want to get back into the dating scene.' (source)
- Human rights are of universal interest because it is the inherent nature of all human beings to yearn for freedom, equality and dignity and they have a right to achieve them. (source)
- Life is all about change, a quality we both dread and yearn for, and friendships, particularly those where women have set themselves up as 'twins', may suffer the consequences. (source)
- It's also a bugbear for certain longtime residents, who yearn for their life before budget airlines ferried in young people from Britain and Scandinavia to party at the city's nightclubs. (source)
- This exact moment - the midpoint of the July-August stretch for which we so yearn during the other 10 months of the year - is a perfect time to sit back and take stock of your summer so far. (source)
- I kind of yearn for the days where I was completely anonymous and could spew forth brain dumps without repercussion, but recent times have taught me that if I Write It About Them, They Will Find It. (source)
- Beyond the special effects, Terminator: Salvation is a (Western) summer blockbuster especially for loyal Terminator fans who yearn to see John Connor finally in action as the leader of the resistance. (source)
- May God's creative grace once again surround and overcome our stupidity and evil, and may we yearn for a conversion from dirty energy and a consumptive economy to clean energy and a regenerative economy. (source)
- The central challenge for the audience at any given moment is to open their hearts to the fact that there are many paths to that for which we all yearn, including prayer in the name of those in whom we may not believe. (source)
- But for the tribulations which are sustained in Thy path, how could Thy true lovers be recognized; and were it not for the trials which are borne for love of Thee, how could the station of such as yearn for Thee be revealed? (source)
- Condolences were addressed to the Chinese Communist government, not to the Dalai Lama, although he is recognised internationally as the legitimate representative of the Tibetan people, and those suffering in the earthquake zone yearn for his presence. (source)
- Manu addicted familaes cycle back and forth between'enmeshment and lisengagement, they yearn for closeness but lack the kinds of healthy boundaries that would let them take spaci, hold differant points of viaw or hang onto m sense of self while in each other's presence and allow others to do the same. (source)
- Object of those who have fixed their gaze upon Thee, and my Paradise and the Paradise of them that have ascended towards Thee, and my Lode-star and the Lode-star of all such as yearn after Thee, and my Joy and the Joy of all them that love Thee, and my Light and the Light of all such as have erred and asked to be forgiven by Thee, and my Exultation and the (source)
- No data that I have been able to find tell us what proportion of those students really want four years of college-level courses, but it is safe to say that few people who are intellectually unqualified yearn for the experience, any more than someone who is athletically unqualified for a college varsity wants to have his shortcomings exposed at practice every day. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 62.0, which suggests that "yearn" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 21 synonyms for yearn.
ache, be desirous of, be eager for, be passionate, chafe, covet, crave, dream, hanker, have a crush on, have a yen for, hunger, itch, languish, long, lust, pine, set one's heart on, thirst, want, wish for
We have 5 antonyms for yearn.
abjure, despise, dislike, hate, not want
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of yearn from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-intransitive) To have a strong, often melancholy desire.
- (verb-intransitive) To feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness: yearned over the child's fate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (verb) To long, have a strong desire (for something).
- (verb) To long back with melancholy, nostalgically
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-transitive) To pain; to grieve; to vex.
- (verb-intransitive) To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
- (verb) To curdle, as milk.
- (verb-intransitive) 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To long for something; desire eagerly; feel desire or longing.
- (None) To cry out eagerly; give tongue, as a dog.
- (None) To grieve; mourn; sorrow.
- (None) To grieve; trouble; vex.
- (None) Same as earn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) desire strongly or persistently
- (verb) have a desire for something or someone who is not present
- (verb) have affection for; feel tenderness for