July 29, 2014
yearn (verb)
\YERN\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : to desire eagerly2 : to feel tenderness or sympathy
How do you use it?
As the heat wave stretched into its second week, even beach lovers began to yearn for the cool, brisk days of autumn.
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Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "yearn"?

If you're yearning to know the answer to our quiz, we'll tell you: it's C. "Yearn," "pine," and "long" all mean to desire something very much. "Yearn" suggests an eager desire along with restless, painful feelings (as in "yearning for home"), while "pine" implies growing weak while continuing to want something that is out of reach (as in "pining for an absent friend"). "Long" suggests wanting something with your whole heart and often striving to get it as well (as in "longing to succeed as a writer").
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