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longing Line breaks: long|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈlɒŋɪŋ/

Definition of longing in English:


A yearning desire: Miranda felt a wistful longing for the old days [mass noun]: a tale of love and longing
More example sentences
  • 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.


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Having or showing a yearning desire: her longing eyes
More example sentences
  • 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.



Pronunciation: /ˈlɒŋɪŋli/
Example sentences
  • I would stare longingly at the carefully styled shelves, trying to pick my Dream Fridge based on its contents.
  • In the end, Michell leaves the two longingly watching each other from opposite sides of a street.
  • So we stayed put and looked longingly at the station disappearing into the distance behind us, as the bus drove on a quarter of a mile before letting us off.

Words that rhyme with longing

bell-ringing • upbringing

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