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English definition of “hanker”


verb [I]  /ˈhæŋ·kər/ us  
to have a strong desire for something: I’ve been hankering for a hot dog. [+ to infinitive] I always hankered to go to Nashville.
noun [C]  /ˈhæŋ·kər·ɪŋ/ us  
She’s got a hankering to write plays.
(Definition of hanker from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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