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yearn

verb [I] uk   /jɜːn/ us    /jɝːn/
C2 to wish very strongly, especially for something that you cannot have or something that is very difficult to have: Despite his great commercial success he still yearns for critical approval. [+ to infinitive] Sometimes I just yearn to be alone.
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