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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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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There is frequent reference to the sea, and it is both a cause of uncertainty and a path to a new life, yet he yearns for the solidity of land.
Quoting liberally from the diaries and journals Robbins kept all of his life--full of his plans for self-improvement, his dreams (jotted down upon waking), and his fears--Vaill locates a sort of Rosebud motif in a song from West Side Story, "Somewhere," which yearns for a place of peace and love.
Faith: The seeds stirred by the warmth of the sun / Will break their bonds when spring has come, / So slender faith that yearns for light / Can push aside the hampering night / And open up an avenue / That lets the love of God shine through.
Rosie is 15, comes from a line of women named for flowers, and yearns for a "juicy life." Asher, the new boy at school, has dreadlocks, recently divorced parents, and a penchant for unconventional clothes.
We can decide to live in ways that are relevant to a world that is tired of division and greed, that yearns for reconciliation and justice.
Beautiful Narcissus is visibly losing strength as he yearns for the self he sees in the waters.
Asked if this explains why young fundamentalists appear willing to commit suicide for men like bin Laden, Chesler responded, "The young Islamic male yearns for protection and approval of his father....
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.
Louis Blues" is a female, [4] and in verse seven she yearns for the sense of dominion, motion, and freedom represented by the masculine railroad line ("If I flag his train, I sho can ride").
Described by Diotima in Plato's Symposium and reinscribed in recent French thought, this desire is an ineluctable yearning that knows nevertheless that it yearns for that which may burn and destroy, a risk caught in the story of Moses that remains determinative for the rabbis and so captivated Augustine who yearned to speak with God face to face.
He is successful and handsome; yet he yearns for the male body more than he would like to admit.
In "Salt," Steven Heathcote yearns for a spiritual connection with the earth.