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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Yearn

YEARN, YERN, verb intransitive [G. The sense is to strain, or stretch forward. We have earnest from the same root.]

1. To be strained; to be pained or distressed; to suffer.

Falstaff, he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.

2. Usually, to long; to feel an earnest desire; that is literally, to have a desire or inclination stretching towards the object or end. 1 Kings 3:26.

Joseph made haste, for his bowels did yearn upon his brother. Genesis 43:30.

Your mothers heart yearns toward you.

--Anticlus, unable to control, spoke loud the language of his yearning soul.

YEARN, YERN, verb transitive To pain; to grieve; to vex.

She laments for it, that it would yearn your heart to see it.

It yearns me not if men my garments wear.