To have a strong, often melancholy desire.(verb-intransitive)
To feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness: yearned over the child's fate. (verb-intransitive)
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Use "yearn" in a sentence
"Sure, it's mildly entertaining to read an essay excerpt where a kid uses the word "urine" in place of the word "yearn.""
"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."
"My beloved Perishers always travelled by train for their annual parent-free holidays, and I do kind of yearn to have that experience."