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

Definition of longing

: a strong desire especially for something unattainable : craving

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Ultimately, for all its talk of doubt, the poem is about the longing to find faith — and the terrible, forever uncertainty inherent in that quest. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The groovy song — where Cuco flaunts his bilingual chops, singing some verses in English and others in Spanish — finds the artist longing for a lover. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 8 July 2022 But the longing that suffuses the writing has its own beauty. Chelsea Leu, The Atlantic, 15 June 2022 The song, co-produced by decades-long hitmaker Max Martin, serves as a return to Halsey’s top 40 talents and captures the feeling of longing that comes with not having a lover who’s just within reach. Starr Bowenbank, Billboard, 10 June 2022 In songs of longing and heartbreak, of loneliness and trying to make sense of those emotions, Juárez is in Juan Gabriel’s music. Roberto José Andrade Franco, Rolling Stone, 30 Aug. 2021 My feeling watching the documentary was a combination of longing and frustration. Jesse David Fox And Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021 Jason resisted my attempts to get him into my bed, his slowly unfolding woo suggesting a longing for durability, for depth. New York Times, 5 July 2022 This new doc explores Cohen’s career through the prism of what’s become his most famous track, an expression of yearning and spiritual longing that’s become inescapable. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 5 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of longing

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Longing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longing. Accessed 7 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for longing


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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