Definition of longing in English:

longing

noun

  • A yearning desire.

    ‘Miranda felt a wistful longing for the old days’
    mass noun ‘a tale of love and longing’
    • ‘Their university days are always recalled with a nostalgic longing.’
    • ‘Genesis 2 implies that God made humanity male and female to satisfy the human longing for companionship.’
    • ‘It signifies the love and longings of the women who make it.’
    • ‘Our longings go beyond the need for food, clothing and shelter.’
    • ‘Suddenly Guinevere was overtaken by an intense longing for companionship.’
    • ‘The longing for comfort, for deep intimacy, impels the divorced to rush back into a married state.’
    • ‘I heard their despair and their longings to be freed to return to the life they once enjoyed.’
    • ‘The longings and legitimate desires for approval, acceptance and understanding are cut off.’
    • ‘I particularly liked the way they felt free to express their feelings and longings through the anonymity of their letters.’
    • ‘Maybe it is about trying to satisfy a deep longing in the wrong ways.’
    • ‘The longing for a proper home grows stronger and stronger with each passing day.’
    • ‘Give yourself the breathing room necessary to feel your deepest longings and desires.’
    • ‘The seven surviving letters from the period detail these attempts and betray unfulfilled longing.’
    • ‘This looking backward and preference for bygone days involved more than nostalgic or homesick longings.’
    • ‘I personally feel there is a deep longing for intimacy and friendship among the young.’
    • ‘He had a gift for expressing the longings and anxieties of his contemporary audiences.’
    • ‘These are among the most powerful expressions of human dreams and hopes, ideals and longings.’
    • ‘Her poetry is nostalgic and betrays her own longing for her beloved homeland.’
    • ‘They combine in her mind, and she feels intense longing.’
    • ‘She'd suffered the same longing for companionship.’
    yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, itch, urge, lust, hankering, need, eagerness, zeal, covetousness
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adjective

  • attributive Having or showing a yearning desire.

    ‘her longing eyes’
    • ‘Being famous for something just isn't necessary in his rather longing eyes.’
    • ‘Throwing my own vehicle a last, longing glance in the Ford tester parking lot, I resigned myself to a long week.’
    • ‘The second aspect is the trust of desire, or longing trust.’
    • ‘After one last longing look at a photo, he blew out the candles.’
    • ‘However, that didn't stop her from throwing longing glances at it over her shoulder as she continued on.’
    • ‘Sarah would shoot longing looks and bright smiles in Ryan's direction, and Ryan would never notice.’
    • ‘He got up and went out, with one last longing look back.’
    • ‘Rebecca looked up into his eyes as he took one last longing look at her.’
    • ‘He gave her one last longing glance, grabbed his duster, and walked out the door.’
    • ‘Of course, there are a lot more pratfalls, comedic lines, wacky mishaps and longing glances, but you get the picture.’
    • ‘Prayer meetings are moving where there is a longing desire and yearning for answers from heaven.’
    • ‘A longing glance at the lemonade jug told her it was empty.’
    • ‘With one last longing glance to the colorful forests, I followed.’
    • ‘She gazed back at the couple in her rear view mirror, a wistful, longing expression in her blue-green eyes.’
    • ‘I saw him because I understood exactly what was being reflected in that longing gaze of his.’
    • ‘After one longing look down the path, she turned around, and started running back the way she'd come.’
    • ‘Trey smiled at her apologetically before turning and shooting a longing glance over his shoulder.’
    • ‘She cast one more longing look at the tempting bed before she walked to the window.’
    • ‘She had a longing look on her face as she stared at the dress.’
    • ‘Aspirations and longing feelings colour your reasoning but your power of concentration might be impaired.’
    yearning, desirous, pining, craving, hungry, thirsty, hankering, avid, covetous
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Pronunciation

longing

/ˈlɒŋɪŋ/