ache for


Senior Member
Chinese,Cantonese,Sichuan dialect

Today when I talked to someone online, she said that she "ached for" me. I didn't understand till I looked it up in dictionary; it means "long for, yearn".

But is it the right way to use it? I mean to say "long for someone rather than something"?

Thanks a lot
  • owlman5

    Senior Member
    It sure is, Silver. That's a very passionate thing to say, so she obviously wants you to know that you are very important to her.


    Senior Member
    Not only emotion, Silver, but sexual passion. If she doesn't really feel that way about you, she definitely used the wrong word.


    Senior Member
    English, AE
    A mother can ache for her children, and not be a sexual feeling. But unless this person is a very, very close long-time friend, Owlman has said it right. Kind of an odd thing to say, unless there is more than we know. Maybe she is still a novice student of English.


    Senior Member
    American English
    I agree with the others. Maybe she was just being a little funny, as friends sometimes jokingly use such dramatic language.
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