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yearnverb [I]

 us   /jɜrn/
to ​desire something ​strongly, esp. something ​difficult or ​impossible to ​obtain: [+ to infinitive] Joy yearns to ​earn enough ​money from her ​job as a doctor’s ​assistant for her to ​becomeindependent.
(Definition of yearn from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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yearnverb [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 ​greatcommercialsuccess he still yearns forcriticalapproval. [+ to infinitive] Sometimes I just yearn to be ​alone.
(Definition of yearn from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “yearn”
in Vietnamese mong mỏi…
in Spanish anhelar…
in Malaysian teringin…
in Thai ปรารถนา…
in French aspirer à…
in German sich sehnen…
in Chinese (Traditional) 渴望,切盼,渴求…
in Chinese (Simplified) 渴望,切盼,渴求…
in Indonesian menginginkan…
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