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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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Yearners are their own worst critics says Mr Phipps, always expecting great results.
the Yearner These are the people who sleep on their side, with both arms stretched outwards in front of them.
Faustian man," he wrote, was "a restless striver, a yearner after the infinite, a hater of statis [sic], a man who is unhappy unless he feels that he is making the world over" (51).
Arrayed against them are the Maginot minds, the yearners for Yesterday, the men who oppose any innovation that may lesson their prestige" (Huie 1949a, 129-30).
The first six books were about yearners who never make it out of Ohio.
The former story charted new territory too, in its consideration of gay characters as integral figures in Wilcox's constellation of seekers and yearners.