Yearn vs Adequate - What's the difference?

yearn | adequate |

As a verb yearn

is to long, have a strong desire (for something) or yearn can be (scotland) to curdle, as milk.

As an adjective adequate is




Etymology 1

From (etyl) giernan, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To long, have a strong desire (for something).
  • * All I yearn for is a simple life.
  • To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
  • To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
  • To pain; to grieve; to vex.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It would yearn your heart to see it.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
    Derived terms
    () * yearner * yearnful * yearnly * yearning * yearnsome * yearny

    Etymology 2

    See .


    (en verb)
  • (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.
  • Anagrams




    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en adjective)
  • Equal to some requirement; proportionate, or correspondent; fully sufficient; as, powers adequate to a great work; an adequate definition lawfully and physically sufficient.
  • * De Quincey
  • Ireland had no adequate champion.
  • * Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Empty House
  • All day, as I drove upon my round, I turned over the case in my mind and found no explanation which appeared to me to be adequate .


    * inadequate


  • (obsolete) To equalize; to make adequate.
  • (Fotherby)
  • (obsolete) To equal.
  • It [is] an impossibility for any creature to adequate God in his eternity. — Shelford.