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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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Yearn Hong Choi landed in Seattle in 1968, a poor, young Korean man who came to town with only seventy dollars and ambition in his pocket.
Davis goes on to assert that, in keeping with the tradition of Nommo, black women blues artists historically have shaped and interpreted a female blues subject who yearns for freedom.
Despite her sexual bravado, Nicole still occasionally yearns for the touch of a man and she surreptitiously coaxes her ex-lover back into her life.
As we have seen, "humanity" as a category has been, if not completely discredited by feminists, under suspicion for a long time; Haraway yearns, however, to find a place for it in a revamped feminist theory.
In "Salt," Steven Heathcote yearns for a spiritual connection with the earth.
If he views the world through a filter of intense anxiety, Orth does so with dogged persistence, flashes of lucidity, and even eloquence, rendering the internal contradictions he yearns to resolve as palpable as his peculiar imaginings are provocative.
She yearns above all to return home to continue her parents' legacy; there is a promising romance that develops between her and a young man in Elizabeth's entourage, and plenty of action involving spies, chases, subterfuges, confrontations, and heroism.
It is instead the honest expression of a former soldier as he recalls familial tales, and yearns to see the people he never took notice of during the war years.
Rosie is 15, comes from a line of women named for flowers, and yearns for a "juicy life.
Told in the alternating voices of the young girl who yearns to become a woman and the soldier who until this moment has dedicated himself to the code of the Samurai, the narrative recounts the sexual experiences of the lovers that lead up to the moment they meet, and then recounts the tragic aftermath.
His journal recordings come through as sincere because John yearns to do the right thing, and the grownups in his life are positive role models.
She grew up in quiet Stratford-on-Avon, and now yearns to find her own way as a singer in London.
Eleven-year-old Breaca, who yearns to become a Dreamer, is thrust into the role of warrior when neighboring tribesmen become midnight marauders and she kills to protect her own life.
A grandfather lives with them, as does the father, a man who yearns to have his own business.
The sister, Holly, is an adult who yearns to be an opera singer.