yearning

A yearning is a strong desire. If you have a yearning to travel in Africa, it means that you dream about it and intensely hope that one day you'll end up there.

A strong longing for something is a yearning for it. If you have a yearning for ice cream, it probably means that you've gone a long time without any and are almost desperate to taste some. The Old English root of the words yearn and yearning is georn, which means "eager or desirous."

Definitions of yearning
1

n prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

Synonyms:
hungriness, longing
Types:
show 11 types...
hide 11 types...
hankering, yen
a yearning for something or to do something
pining
a feeling of deep longing
wishfulness
an unrealistic yearning
wistfulness
a sadly pensive longing
nostalgia
longing for something past
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
a longing for something better than the present situation
lovesickness
a pining for a loved one
homesickness
a longing to return home
disgruntlement
a feeling of sulky discontent
dysphoria
abnormal depression and discontent
dissatisfaction
the feeling of being displeased and discontent
Type of:
desire
the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.