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Definition have a strong desire — often for something difficult or impossible to have
  • I yearn for her return.
yearn = strongly desire or wish
  • I yearn for more independence.
  • yearn = strongly desire or wish
  • But the moment passed and was followed by an urge, a need, a passionate yearning to share the warmth with the one person left for him to love.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • yearning = strong desire
  • "Oh, I do want you to be happy," it began, with a yearning earnestness.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • yearning = expressing strong desire
  • Once he had yearned for choice.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • yearned = strongly desired
  • It became a struggle to ride the bicycle as Jonas weakened from lack of food, and realized at the same time that he was encountering something he had for a long time yearned to see: hills.
    Lois Lowry  --  The Giver
  • yearned = strongly desired
  • Again, again–and it was not the ear that heard the pulsing rhythm, it was the midriff; the wail and clang of those recurring harmonies haunted, not the mind, but the yearning bowels of compassion.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • yearning = having a strong desire
  • Yearning and wariness and hopefulness and love .... does Molly really see all this on Sarah's face, or is she projecting?
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • They reached again and again for a high note, yearning toward a high note, which they found at last and held— an icicle in the desert.
    Maxine Hong Kingston  --  The Woman Warrior
  • 'It must be nice to be in Sweden now,' he observed yearningly.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • His legs ached sickeningly and he yearned for Novril.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • Ah, Napoleon, I have yearned for such a man as you through all my years of planning for democracy.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Red Prophet
  • Surrounded by every fascination of love and hope, his warm heart yearned towards plain John Browdie.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Strider, too: his heart yearns for Minas Tirith, and he will be needed there, now Boromir has fallen into evil.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • It's loss and regret and misery and yearning that drive the story forward, along its twisted road.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Blind Assassin
  • Sometimes Mrs. Livingston feels like Yetta, with her perpetual yearning.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • All that meets me, all that floods over me are but feelings—greed of life, love of home, yearning for the blood, intoxication of deliverance.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • What a look of yearning love it was that the mild grey eyes turned on the strong dark-eyed man!
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • She seemed to yearn, as she sang, for the mystery and comfort.
    D.H. Lawrence  --  Sons and Lovers
  • He sounded so full of hope and yearning that it was hard to tell the truth.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones

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