yearn

To yearn for something is to really, really want it. You might yearn for freedom or you might yearn for a perfect tamale. Usually you yearn for something or someone you can't easily get.

If you have a hankering for pie, you could also say that you yearn for it. Yearn also means "to feel sweet on someone" or "to have affection for something." If your girlfriend moves to Alaska and you’re stuck in Texas, you’d probably yearn for her. And when she comes back to visit, you would still yearn — meaning you’d still feel affection for her.

Definitions of yearn
  1. verb
    desire strongly or persistently
    synonyms: hanker, long
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    types:
    ache, languish, pine, yen
    have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    die
    languish as with love or desire
    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  2. verb
    have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    synonyms: ache, languish, pine, yen
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    types:
    die
    languish as with love or desire
    type of:
    hanker, long
    desire strongly or persistently
  3. verb
    have affection for; feel tenderness for
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    type of:
    care for, cherish, hold dear, treasure
    be fond of; be attached to
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