Adjective "yearn" definition and examples

(Yearn may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Have an intense feeling of longing for something, typically something that one has lost or been separated from.
  1. with infinitive 'they yearned to go home'
  2. 'A nation yearning for policies that are honest.'
  3. 'I starred into his eyes now calm, but deep down his spirit yearned to be free.'
  4. 'Frank sang the responsorial psalm, ‘Like the deer that yearns for running streams, so my soul is yearning for you my God’.'
  5. 'Or maybe it was just Tolkien, sickened by the barbarousness of the 20th century, yearning for the certainties of a lost England that possibly never existed anyway.'
  6. 'But deep within, my spirit yearns to hear ‘a new thing’ from the church.'
  7. 'Wanting and yearning for clarity and peace of mind.'
  8. 'But more than that, the human spirit yearns to inspire.'
  9. 'It's all about love: lust, yearning for parenthood, remembered passions and, most intriguingly, the love an author feels for her character.'
  10. 'A sub-plot sees Sanderson still yearning for his ex-wife, but reluctant to make the first move towards a reconciliation.'
  11. 'The country is yearning for clean and honest leadership.'
  12. 'My heart yearned for you for months and now its desire is fulfilled!'
  13. 'Nevertheless, Leanna Brodie in the title role gave a remarkably moving, heartfelt performance as a woman yearning for something real amid the tawdriness around her.'
  14. 'While those in their 40s and 50s may feel oppressed by their jobs, resenting the daily commute to work and yearning for retirement, we are already free and full of spirit.'

More definitions

1. to have an earnest or strong desire; long: to yearn for a quiet vacation.

2. to feel tenderness; be moved or attracted: They yearned over their delicate child.

More examples(as adjective)

"attractions can be yearn to natures."

"attractions can be yearn for returns."

"attractions can be yearn."


Old English giernan, from a Germanic base meaning ‘eager’.