Word of the Day: Yearn

By Daniel Scocco

Yearn means to grieve or to have a strong desire or need for something. The noun yearning, similarly, refers to a longing or unfulfilled desire or need.

But mostly, she puts away her subway book as she steps out of the train doors and yearns for a longer commute, something other reading riders admitted to yesterday. (NY Times)

Instead, Wall Street told us that the solution was less regulation. Convinced it could shirk risk, it chafed at restriction, yearning to pursue reward without consequence. (Houston Chronicle)

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3 Responses to “Word of the Day: Yearn”

  • Rod

    Is there a specific difference among the words long, crave, yearn and look forward to?

  • Erik

    Spontaneously, I’d say that “look forward to” is weaker (?).

  • Daniel Scocco

    @Rod, I agree with Erik.

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