longing

noun long·ing \ ˈlȯŋ-iŋ \

Definition of longing

:a strong desire especially for something unattainable :craving

longingly

play \ˈlȯŋ-iŋ-lē\ adverb

Examples of longing in a Sentence

  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.

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First Known Use of longing

before 12th century


LONGING Defined for English Language Learners

longing

noun

Definition of longing for English Language Learners

  • : a strong desire for something or someone


LONGING Defined for Kids

longing

noun long·ing \ ˈlȯŋ-iŋ \

Definition of longing for Students

:a very strong desire

longingly

adverb


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