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long·ing

 (lông′ĭng, lŏng′-)
n.
A strong persistent yearning or desire, especially one that cannot be fulfilled.

long′ing·ly adv.
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longing

(ˈlɒŋɪŋ)
n
a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
adj
having or showing desire or need: a longing look.
ˈlongingly adv
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long•ing

(ˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ-)

n.
1. strong, persistent desire or craving, esp. for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
2. an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends.
adj.
3. characterized by earnest desire: a longing look.
[before 1000]
long′ing•ly, adv.
syn: See desire.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.longing - prolonged unfulfilled desire or needlonging - prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
hankering, yen - a yearning for something or to do something
pining - a feeling of deep longing
wishfulness - an unrealistic yearning
wistfulness - a sadly pensive longing
nostalgia - longing for something past
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment - a longing for something better than the present situation
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longing

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longing

noun
A strong wanting of what promises enjoyment or pleasure:
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Translations
شوقشَوْق، تَوْق
dychtivost
længsel
òrá, löngun
hrepenenje

longing

[ˈlɒŋɪŋ]
A. N (= yearning) (for place) → nostalgia f, añoranza f; (for past time) → añoranza f; (for person, thing) → anhelo m
she felt a longing for her childhood daysañoraba los días de su infancia
he felt a longing for his homelandsentía nostalgia por su país, añoraba su país
people have a longing for normalityla gente anhela la normalidad
she gazed at him with longinglo miró con anhelo
B. ADJ [look] → anhelante
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longing

[ˈlɒŋɪŋ]
n
(= urge, craving) (for something in the present or the future)désir m, envie f
longing for sth → envie de qch
He tried to put into words his longing for a baby → Il essaya de dire combien il avait envie d'un bébé.
(= nostalgia) (for something in the past)nostalgie f
longing for sth → nostalgie de qch
He felt a longing for the familiar → Il avait la nostalgie des choses familières.
adj [look, glance] (for something in the present or the future)plein(e) d'envie; (for something in the past)plein(e) de nostalgie
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longing

adj looksehnsüchtig; eyessehnsuchtsvoll
nSehnsucht f(for nach); this sense of longingdiese Sehnsucht; to have a (great) longing to do somethingsich (sehr) danach sehnen, etw zu tun
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longing

[ˈlɒŋɪŋ]
1. ndesiderio; (for food) → voglia; (nostalgia) → nostalgia
2. adj (look) → pieno/a di desiderio or di nostalgia
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

long2

(loŋ) verb
(often with for) to wish very much. He longed to go home; I am longing for a drink.
ˈlonging noun
a great desire or wish for something. She looked at the cakes with longing.
ˈlongingly adverb
She looked longingly at the chocolate.
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longing

n. deseo, anhelo, ansia.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
It had been the spring, it will be remembered, that had prompted them to go on pilgrimage; and me, too, the spring was filling with strange, undefinable longings, and though I flattered myself that I had set out in pursuance of a definitely taken resolve, I had really no more freedom in the matter than the children who followed at the heels of the mad piper.
Thou canst not adorn thyself fine enough for thy friend; for thou shalt be unto him an arrow and a longing for the Superman.
The Huntsman wished to have the fish, and their owner experienced an equal longing for the contents of the game-bag.
We will hide it in a corner, and we won't touch it till we are in want.' So the little pot was placed in safety; but it was not long before the Cat had a great longing for it, and said to the Mouse, 'I wanted to tell you, little Mouse, that my cousin has a little son, white with brown spots, and she wants me to be godmother to it.
She will see the longing in me for other work and other scenes expressing itself over and over again long before the time when we first met."
And he who has shown the greatest longing for him has been the great Emperor of China, who wrote me a letter in Chinese a month ago and sent it by a special courier.
My draught of passion hath been deep-- I revell'd, and I now would sleep And after drunkenness of soul Succeeds the glories of the bowl An idle longing night and day To dream my very life away.
Circumstances of an imperious nature, which it is unnecessary to relate here, had prevented him from taking service with that gallant army which had fought the disastrous campaigns ending with the fall of Corinth, and he chafed under the inglorious restraint, longing for the release of his energies, the larger life of the soldier, the opportunity for distinction.
It stirred no love nor longing in his heart; it came unattended with pleasant memories of a golden past--inspired no sentiment of any kind; all the finer emotions were swallowed up in fear.
It was not that she dwelt upon details of their acquaintance, or recalled in any special or peculiar way his personality; it was his being, his existence, which dominated her thought, fading sometimes as if it would melt into the mist of the forgotten, reviving again with an intensity which filled her with an incomprehensible longing.
His heart was full of tenderness and sorrow: the longing to return to her was more than he could resist.
With longing eyes Pollyanna looked at the two fast-closed windows--but she did not raise them.