Definition of longing in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlôNGiNG/


A yearning desire: Miranda felt a wistful longing for the old days [with infinitive]: a longing to be free his tale of love and longing
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  • The longings and legitimate desires for approval, acceptance and understanding are cut off.
  • Give yourself the breathing room necessary to feel your deepest longings and desires.
  • It signifies the love and longings of the women who make it.
yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, hankering
informal yen, itch


Having or showing yearning desire: her longing eyes
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  • Prayer meetings are moving where there is a longing desire and yearning for answers from heaven.
  • She gazed back at the couple in her rear view mirror, a wistful, longing expression in her blue-green eyes.
  • The second aspect is the trust of desire, or longing trust.
yearning, pining, craving, hungry, thirsty, hankering, wistful, covetous
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