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longing

noun long·ing \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
LONGINGLY Defined for Kids

longing

noun long·ing \ˈlŋ-iŋ\

Definition of LONGING for Kids

:  a very strong desire
long·ing·ly adverb

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