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yearn
used in Babbitt

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Definition
have a strong desire — often for something difficult or impossible to have
  • His arms yearned for her.
    Chapter 29 (5% in)
  • He could, on ten hours' notice, appear before the board of aldermen or the state legislature and prove, absolutely, with figures all in rows and with precedents from Poland and New Zealand, that the street-car company loved the Public and yearned over its employees; that all its stock was owned by Widows and Orphans; and that whatever it desired to do would benefit property-owners by increasing rental values, and help the poor by lowering rents.
    Chapter 3 (10% in)
  • At the Simplex Office Furniture Shop, the National Cash Register Agency, he yearned for a dictaphone, for a typewriter which would add and multiply, as a poet yearns for quartos or a physician for radium.
    Chapter 5 (8% in)
  • At the Simplex Office Furniture Shop, the National Cash Register Agency, he yearned for a dictaphone, for a typewriter which would add and multiply, as a poet yearns for quartos or a physician for radium.
    Chapter 5 (8% in)
  • Mrs. Babbitt turned toward them with yearning sweetness; Frink hastened to finish even his best beer-recipe; and she said gaily, "Dinner is served."
    Chapter 8 (66% in)
  • When he read it to his wife she yearned, "Why, dear, it's splendid; beautifully written, and so clear and interesting, and such splendid ideas!
    Chapter 13 (14% in)
  • As to music the Sunday School Times advertised that C. Harold Lowden, "known to thousands through his sacred compositions," had written a new masterpiece, "entitled 'Yearning for You.'
    Chapter 16 (85% in)
  • Babbitt sat for a long time, alternately raging, "I'll have him arrested," and yearning "I wonder—No, I've never done anything that wasn't necessary to keep the Wheels of Progress moving."
    Chapter 19 (35% in)
  • He was beefily yearning.
    Chapter 19 (74% in)
  • She caught the glance, snuggled her hands together with a kittenish curving of slim white fingers which delighted him, and yearned: "I do love to play—I mean—I like to drum on the piano, but I haven't had any real training.
    Chapter 24 (18% in)
  • Mrs. Mudge was introduced by the president of the League of the Higher Illumination, an oldish young woman with a yearning voice, white spats, and a mustache.
    Chapter 30 (67% in)
  • She was younger in years than himself, yet it was sickening to have her yearning up at him with rolling great eyes—as if, he shuddered, his own aunt were making love to him.
    Chapter 31 (84% in)

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