Examples of longing in a Sentence
They looked with longing toward freedom.
She cast a look of longing at the shop window.
She never told anyone about her secret longings.
Recent Examples of longing from the Web
Poor but socially ambitious, Frances had grown up longing for the kind of life that Reed could provide: horses, servants, a grand but tasteful place to live.
Every legend, every longing and every belief projected onto these mountains reflects back another basic truth — our need to identify with something more profound than observed reality.
Relatives and friends of people still missing after Thursday's collapse gathered at the university, longing and praying for miracles as authorities tried to get inside the crushed cars still pinned under slabs of the bridge.
Detractors mutter privately that Alioto sounds like a local version of Donald Trump, longing for a glorified heyday that is overly romanticized and will never return.
But that kind of longing, the need to be seen and known via words, could be debilitating, could put you at the mercy of the world.
Eating in a really restrictive, limited way was essentially eating with stress and longing.
As the piece ebbs and flows, the first section tends to feel joyous, despite several interruptions which peel back a layer and evoke images of longing and pain.
The song’s extended drone and subtle beat evoke a sun sinking ever closer to the horizon, ushering in feelings of an end, the anticipation of darkness and uncertainty, but also of closure, acceptance, and longing for a new day.
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First Known Use of longing
before 12th century
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Definition of longing for English Language Learners
: a strong desire for something or someone
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