how to pronounce yearn


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the above transcription of yearn is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

yearn is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of yearn in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… the d5 summer yearn and the emergence of …”

meanings of yearn


  1. To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically.
  2. To have strong feelings of love, sympathy, affection, etc. (toward someone).
  3. To curdle, as milk.
  4. To long, have a strong desire (for something).
  5. To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
  6. To pain; to grieve; to vex.


  1. Yearning; yen.

yearn frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word yearn occurs in english on average 2.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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