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To pain; to grieve; to vex. She laments, sir, for it, that it would yearn your heart to see it. It yearns me not if men my garments wear. (Shak)
Origin: Also earn, ern; probably a corruption of OE. Ermen to grieve, AS. Ierman, yrman, or geierman, geyrman, fr. Earm wretched, poor; akin to D. & G. Arm, Icel. Armr, Goth. Arms. The y- in English is perhaps due to the AS. Ge.
To be filled with longing desire; to be harassed or rendered uneasy with longing, or feeling the want of a thing; to strain with emotions of affection or tenderness; to long; to be eager. Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother; and he sought where to weep. (gen. Xliii. 30) Your mother’s heart yearns towards you. (Addison)

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