To have a strong, often restless desire.(verb-intransitive)
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Use "hanker" in a sentence
"Gentle reader, if you have never been in battle or captured by robbers, you needn't "hanker" for the experience, but take it as you would your clothing, "second hand.""
"And look o'er the field -- yes! and "hanker" for more."
"The solitude appealed to her sense of freedom; she did not "hanker" after a society she had never known."