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verb [intransitive] mainly literary yearn pronunciation in American English /jɜrn/
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present tense
present participleyearning
past tenseyearned
past participleyearned
  1. to want something a lot, especially something that you know you may not be able to have

    He yearned for her love.

    They were yearning to have a baby.

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used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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