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yearn for (someone or something)

To have an intense, deep-seated longing or desire for someone or something, especially in a slightly melancholy capacity. I grew up in a tiny town in Kansas, yearning for the day I'd get a chance to move somewhere exciting like New York or L.A. All the girls in my class yearned for him, thinking he was this mysterious, brooding hunk, but he was actually kind of an awkward dork when you got to know him.
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yearn over (someone or something)

To have a strong, tender, deep-seated sympathy for someone or something. I don't know why you insist on going to the animal shelters to yearn over the stray dogs and cats when you know we're not going to take one home with us. The whole world yearned over the country following the horrible attacks.
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yearn for someone or something

to long for someone or something; to desire someone or something strongly. Sam sat alone in his room, yearning for Mary. Mary yearned for a big bowl of high-butterfat ice cream.
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yearn for

To have a strong, often melancholy desire for someone or something: The sailors out at sea yearned for their families.
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yearn over

To feel deep pity, sympathy, or tenderness for someone or something: The entire nation yearned over the lives lost in the accident.
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Written by Word of Grace Church senior pastor Gary Kinnaman and Richard Jacobs MD, Seeing in the Dark: Getting the Facts on Depression & Finding Hope Again is a guide especially for Christians who suffer from depression, or who yearn to help a loved one so afflicted.
To quote from the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, September 2004: This IS an epic horse story and will thrill readers who yearn for another Black Stallion.
Why do we yearn for days gone by For games we played Kick the can, Hide and Seek, Done you one two three A game of rounders In our concrete jungles Footie matches played in plimsoles Not a sign of a designer trainee.
Women yearn for the experience of the newly freed lions of Narnia, to hear the icon of God say "Us women.
In architecture today we yearn for an expression that aims at the spontaneity and authenticity of the individual experience.
The board came together and decided to call a congregational meeting to allow the church to decide if it wanted to disaffiliate, which it was in the process of doing for six yearn," said Kris Martin, a Cathedral of Hope spokeswoman.
However, readers will inevitably get tired of reading books with the same story line and yearn to read something different.
But she does yearn to know more about her biological father, and when a stranger comes to town, taking pictures, taking an interest in her and Vivian, she is convinced the man is her long-lost father.
2) ``This is the type of role I yearn for,'' says Naomi Watts, left, on playing an expectant mother abandoned by her husband in ``Le Divorce,'' co-starring Kate Hudson, right.
Maybe you yearn for the sweet, soulful days of jazzy, 1970s-style R&B and disco.
Tracy Julias, who was out with an injury for much of last season, made a comeback as the Swanilda whom ballet lovers everywhere yearn to see: technically fleet and precise, her phrasing musical, her acting convincing.