"yearning" in the noun sense
1. longing, yearning, hungriness
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
"yearning" in the verb sense
1. hanker, long, yearn
desire strongly or persistently
2. ache, yearn, yen, pine, languish
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
"She ached for a cigarette"
"I am pining for my lover"
have affection for feel tenderness for
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