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 Dictionary entry overview: What does yearning mean? 

  The noun YEARNING has 1 sense:

1. prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

  Familiarity information: YEARNING used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1yearning [BACK TO TOP]


Prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions


longing; yearning; hungriness

Hypernyms ("yearning" is a kind of...):

desire (the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "yearning"):

hankering; yen (a yearning for something or to do something)

pining (a feeling of deep longing)

wishfulness (an unrealistic yearning)

wistfulness (a sadly pensive longing)

nostalgia (longing for something past)

discontent; discontentedness; discontentment (a longing for something better than the present situation)

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