strong, persistent desire or craving, especially for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends.
having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.
- long·ing·ly, adverb
- long·ing·ness, noun
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How to use longing in a sentence
If the past nine months of the pandemic leave you longing for normalcy and business as usual, your career prospects may be dim.Now is a great time to make a drastic career change | Mitra Kalita | January 5, 2021 | Fortune
Over the past several months, social media has offered a collective confessional of the unexpected things we find ourselves longing for—from the rituals of daily commutes to a litany of once-familiar, but now-faded smells.20 Things That Went Strangely, Wonderfully Right in 2020 | cleaf2013 | December 31, 2020 | Fortune
It’s about the feeling of being a teenager longing for something more, while fearing something more will never come.One Good Thing: An amazing game played entirely via text message | Emily VanDerWerff | November 30, 2020 | Vox
While the longing that hums beneath Lee’s words is never entirely satisfied, it is eased and relieved.
It was recommended to me by numerous friends and seems to be the kind of story we’re all longing for right now.
I see a couple holding each other and longingly looking at flash sheets on the wall.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014 | Sarah Bay Williams | November 2, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Bakari reaches out, strokes Bundy's cheek and stares into his eyes longingly.
In the photo, Baldwin is staring longingly into the camera, his eyes like two giant marbles, his chin resting in his hand.Broadway’s Rebel, Tellin’ You to Hear It: A Portrait of Saul Williams | Alex Suskind | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is an emotional scene in the movie when Bianca is gazing longingly out the window.
In the streets and in the shops hundreds of children gaze longingly and lovingly at the bebe or bambino in Italian.Ways of War and Peace | Delia Austrian
Looking across the fields in our rear (rather longingly) I had the happy distinction of a discoverer.The Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce | Ambrose Bierce
An hour later Ren lit a cigarette and took a long drag on it, his eyes looking longingly into Martha's.Unthinkable | Roger Phillips Graham
And it happened as she said, for they all praised her words and looked forward longingly to Sunday.Giovanni Boccaccio, a Biographical Study | Edward Hutton
It was tiresome watching the girl wash dishes and often he glanced longingly at the tiny bed.Little Wizard Stories of Oz | L. Frank Baum
British Dictionary definitions for longing
a prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
having or showing desire or need: a longing look
- longingly, adverb
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