noun \ˈlŋ-iŋ\

: a strong desire for something or someone

Full Definition of LONGING

:  a strong desire especially for something unattainable :  craving
long·ing·ly \-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of LONGING

  1. They looked with longing toward freedom.
  2. She cast a look of longing at the shop window.
  3. She never told anyone about her secret longings.

First Known Use of LONGING

before 12th century


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