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English definition of “pine for sth/sb”

pine for sth/sb

phrasal verb with pine     /paɪn/ verb [I]
to want something or someone very much, usually when it is impossible to have them, or when they have gone away: He's still pining for his ex-girlfriend.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
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