longing

noun
long·​ing | \ ˈlȯŋ-iŋ How to pronounce longing (audio) \

Definition of longing

: a strong desire especially for something unattainable : craving

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Other Words from longing

longingly \ ˈlȯŋ-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce longing (audio) \ adverb

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web For those longing for sunlight, Tuesday’s forecast is mostly sunny, with no precipitation. Clara Longo De Freitas, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 11 June 2021 But its new 2021-2022 indoor season is largely built off of two major themes from its lost year: a longing for travel and racial justice. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 2 June 2021 Kappus had sent Rilke another poem, a sonnet full of adolescent longing—and this time Rilke had responded. Kamran Javadizadeh, The New Yorker, 26 May 2021 Murky months of hunching over home laptops, stress-eating, persistent anxiety, longing for distant places and faces. April Long, Town & Country, 24 May 2021 Blue Is the Warmest Color, but I was reminded of how beautifully Adèle Exarchopoulos conveyed a soul-deep longing throughout that film. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 24 May 2021 There’s a desperation to her, a longing to connect previously unseen. Angelica Jade Bastién, Vulture, 21 May 2021 Deep Green Being stuck inside for the better part of a year left everyone longing for the great outdoors. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, 11 May 2021 Some observers say the letter hints at a longing for France’s old guard and a time when the military held influence over its colonies. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 May 2021

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First Known Use of longing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of longing was before the 12th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Longing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longing. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for longing

longing

noun

English Language Learners Definition of longing

: a strong desire for something or someone

longing

noun
long·​ing | \ ˈlȯŋ-iŋ How to pronounce longing (audio) \

Kids Definition of longing

: a very strong desire

Other Words from longing

longingly adverb

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