Definition of longing in English:

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longing

Pronunciation: /ˈlɒŋɪŋ/

noun

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.
Synonyms
yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, itch, urge, lust, hankering, need, eagerness, zeal, covetousness;
wish, fancy, desire, want;
hope, aspiration, dream
informal yen

adjective

[attributive]
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.
Synonyms
yearning, desirous, pining, craving, hungry, thirsty, hankering, avid, covetous;
wishful, hopeful, wistful

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