ache for

ache for

1. To feel a strong desire for someone or something. She ached for the companionship of her husband when he was deployed overseas.
2. To feel sadness and/or empathy for someone. I ache for those little children who just lost their parents in a car accident.

ache for someone or something

 and hurt for someone or something
Fig. to desire someone or something very much. (So much that it "hurts.") Jim ached for the sight of Mary, whom he loved deeply.

ache for somebody/something

to feel desire or regret about someone or something I ache for home, the smell of bread baking, rain hitting the porch roof - even the smell of the hen house. We ache for the victims of war who have lost family, friends, and their homes.
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GEORGE Bush wept yesterday as he told the families of two soldiers killed in Afghanistan: "We ache for you.
Wiping a tear from his cheek he said: "I know your heart aches and we ache for your son and brother.
When you get through the image, there beats the heart of a very traditional woman who aches for what millions of other women ache for - a child and a family.