longing

  • 1 Longing — may refer to:*Longing (album): an unreleased 1974 album by singer Dusty Springfield *Longing (X Japan song): a song by Japanese metalband X Japan *Longing (Helloween song): power ballad by German speed metal band Helloween …

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  • 2 longing — (n.) “yearning, desire,” O.E. langung longing, weariness, sadness, dejection, from LONG (Cf. long) (v.). Related: Longingly …

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  • 3 longing — [adj] desirous anxious, ardent, avid, craving, eager, hungry, languishing, pining, ravenous, wishful, wistful, yearning; concept 403 Ant. despising, hating, loathing  longing [n] strong desire ambition, aspiration, coveting, craving, fire in the… …

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  • 4 Longing — Long ing, n. An eager desire; a craving; a morbid appetite; an earnest wish; an aspiration. [1913 Webster] Put on my crown; I have immortal longings in me. Shak. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 longing — index desire, eager, jealous, predisposition, will (desire) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 6 longing — ► NOUN ▪ a yearning desire. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having or showing a yearning desire. DERIVATIVES longingly adverb …

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  • 7 longing — [lôŋ′iŋ] n. [see LONG2] strong desire; yearning adj. feeling or showing a yearning longingly adv …

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  • 8 longing — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ deep, desperate, great, intense, overwhelming, passionate, terrible, wild ▪ She had a desperate longing to go back …

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  • 9 longing — long|ing [ˈlɔŋıŋ US ˈlo:ŋıŋ] n [singular, U] a strong feeling of wanting something or someone ▪ She looked back with longing on the good old days. longing for ▪ His heart was filled with longing for Cynthia. longing to ▪ She felt a longing to… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 longing — [[t]lɒ̱ŋɪŋ, AM lɔ͟ːŋ [/t]] longings N VAR: oft N for n, N to inf If you feel longing or a longing for something, you have a rather sad feeling because you want it very much. He felt a longing for the familiar... Imelda spoke of her longing to… …

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  • 11 longing — I UK [ˈlɒŋɪŋ] / US [ˈlɔŋɪŋ] noun [countable/uncountable] Word forms longing : singular longing plural longings a strong feeling of wanting someone or something Jean ached with longing to return home and see her family again. His longing for… …

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  • 12 longing — n. 1) to feel a longing 2) a longing for * * * [ lɒŋɪŋ] a longing for to feel a longing …

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  • 13 longing — long|ing1 [ lɔŋıŋ ] noun count or uncount a strong feeling of wanting someone or something: Jean ached with longing to return home and see her family again. His longing for Elaine was almost unbearable. longing long|ing 2 [ lɔŋıŋ ] adjective only …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 longing — longingly, adv. longingness, n. /lawng ing, long /, 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. having… …

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  • 15 longing — 1 noun (singular, uncountable) a strong feeling of wanting something or someone; yearning: an expression of heartfelt longing (+ for): a longing for peace 2 adjective (only before noun) wanting something very much: a longing glance longingly… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 longing — long•ing [[t]ˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ [/t]] n. 1) strong, persistent desire or craving, esp. for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home[/ex] 2) an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends[/ex] 3) characterized by… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 longing — /ˈlɒŋɪŋ/ (say longing) noun 1. prolonged, unceasing, or earnest desire. 2. an instance of it. –adjective 3. characterised by or showing an earnest desire: a longing look. –phrase 4. be longing for, to yearn for. {long2 + ing1} –longingly …

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  • 18 Longing — Long Long, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Longed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Longing}.] [AS. langian to increase, to lengthen, to stretch out the mind after, to long, to crave, to belong to, fr. lang long. See {Long}, a.] 1. To feel a strong or morbid desire or… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 19 longing — 1. noun a longing for the countryside Syn: yearning, pining, craving, ache, burning, hunger, thirst, hankering; informal yen, itch 2. adjective a longing look Syn: yearning, pining, craving, hungry …

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  • 20 longing — noun Date: before 12th century a strong desire especially for something unattainable ; craving • longingly adverb …

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