Meaning of PINE in English


I. pine 1 /paɪn/ BrE AmE noun

[ Date: 1000-1100 ; Language: Latin ; Origin: pinus ]

1 . [uncountable and countable] ( also pine tree ) a tall tree with long hard sharp leaves that do not fall off in winter:

an ancient pine forest

2 . [uncountable] the pale wood of pine trees, used to make furniture, floors etc:

a pine table

II. pine 2 BrE AmE verb [intransitive]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: pinian , from pin 'punishment' , from Latin poena ; ⇨ ↑ pain 1 ]

to become sad and not continue your life as normal because someone has died or gone away:

Six months after he left, she was still pining.

pine away phrasal verb

to become less active, weaker, and often ill, especially because you miss someone who has died or gone away

pine for somebody/something phrasal verb

1 . if you pine for a place or for something, you miss it a lot and wish you could be there or have it again:

After two months in France I was pining for home.

2 . if you pine for someone, you feel very unhappy because they are not with you:

Karen had been pining for her friends back home in Colorado.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.