One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘she still hankered to go back’
yearn, long, have a longing, have a hankering, crave, desire, wish, want, hunger, thirst, lust, ache, be aching, itch, be itching, burn, be burning, pant, want badly, be eager, be desperate, be hungry, be greedy, be thirsty, be consumed with a desire, be consumed with the desire, be eating one's heart out
fancy, pine for, have one's heart set on
informal be dying, have a yen
archaic be desirous, be athirst
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