yearn for (someone or something)

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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 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Passepartout had been a sort of vagrant in his early years, and now yearned for repose; but so far he had failed to find it, though he had already served in ten English houses.
I saw Pakistanis crying as they waved flags, swayed to the tunes and yearned for a shore that glimmers on the horizon.
Boyd wrote about a hypocritical "churchianity," which he associated with a church mind-set "sorely afraid of the senses, yet [it] secretly yearned for the release of pent-up feeling and repressed passion."
Gene Autry had the first, and country stars have yearned for one ever since, but at $175,000, they'll keep yearning.
He and his best mate Charley yearned for the open road, the loneliness of long-distance biking and took off around the world.
As an outsider to that tradition, I have nonetheless yearned for an effectiveness that I have associated with Black preaching.
I yearned for it like I yearn for few things that aren't wife-shaped,or chocolate fudge brownie flavoured.
We rejoiced as we saw the reflection of the revenge that was burning inside us, the symbol of the Jewish armed resistance that we had yearned for, for so long."
She attempts to redeem herself by becoming the attentive and supportive mother Roxanne always yearned for, but she brings excess baggage along.
I yearned for a single Senator to put his or her name to the formal complaint filed by the Congressional Black Caucus to dispute Florida's electoral votes.