Definition of longing in English:



  • A yearning desire.

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

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