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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

v.
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

v.
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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The piano itself undergoes any number of conversions, all speaking to its nurturing humanity, its generous size, its emotional displacement--"yearner, tinkler, dominator"--while the majority of the poet's hyperboles and apostrophes go in the direction of the instrument's mothering, homing instincts, including, by association, the seltzer man and his "black-skinned helper" who deliver it ("Even the male body bears nipples").
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We need to ban those yearners for the mythical pre-war, all-white uplands, called the ERG, from running to cameras to whine about betrayal.
The combination of youthful yearners and missing mentors produces, as one observer puts it, "a world reminiscent of the Peanuts cartoon strip," where the adults are practically gone and the young are left on their own.
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Pintar alludes to this group in "Eros/Thanatos" as "three sisters, three yearners." He also calls them "Fair Vidas in drag," referring to a famous character from Slovene poetry who was tempted by the prospect of a better life abroad and abandoned her husband, child, and homeland, only to find herself miserable with homesickness.
Among other things, it seems, the "yearners" were forcing young girls to marry - and be raped by - much older men as soon as they reached puberty.
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 list of novels divides into two categories: before and after "escape." The first six books were about yearners who never make it out of Ohio.
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