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ˈlɔŋ ɪŋ, ˈlɒŋ-long·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. longing, yearning, hungrinessnoun

    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need


  1. longingnoun

    An earnest and deep, not greatly passionate, but rather melancholic desire.

  2. longingnoun

    The buying of a financial instrument with the expectation that its value will rise

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Longingnoun

    Earnest desire; continual wish.

    Etymology: from long.

    When within short time I came to the degree of uncertain wishes, and that those wishes grew to unquiet longings, when I would fix my thoughts upon nothing, but that within little varying they should end with Philoclea. Philip Sidney.

    I have a woman’s longing,
    An appetite that I am sick withal,
    To see great Hector in the weeds of peace. William Shakespeare.

    The will is left to the pursuit of nearer satisfactions, and to the removal of those uneasinesses which it then feels in its want of, and longings after, them. John Locke.


  1. longing

    Longing can be defined as a strong and intense desire or yearning for something or someone that is absent or unattainable. It often involves a feeling of nostalgia, emotional pain, and a sense of incompleteness or dissatisfaction until the desired object or situation is obtained. Longing can manifest in various forms, such as longing for a loved one, a particular experience, a place, or a past time. It is a deeply personal and subjective feeling that can drive individuals to seek fulfillment and pursue their goals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Longing

    of Long

  2. Longingnoun

    an eager desire; a craving; a morbid appetite; an earnest wish; an aspiration


  1. Longing

    "Longing" is a song by Japanese heavy metal band X Japan, written by Yoshiki. The song is a ballad that has been released in several versions, most notably in two different single variations. The first, "Longing ~Togireta Melody~", was released on August 1, 1995 and reached the number 1 spot on the Oricon chart. The second, "Longing ~Setsubou no Yoru~", came out on December 11, 1995 and reached number 5.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of longing in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of longing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of longing in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Wilde:

    The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it. Resist it, and your soul grows sick with longing for the things it has forbidden to itself.

  2. John Bellows:

    There are better opportunities than shorting the bond market like longing corporates.

  3. M Aurelius:

    Consider, and you will find that almost all the transactions of the time of Vespasian differed little from those of the present day. You there find marrying and giving in marriage, educating children, sickness, death, war, joyous holidays, traffic, agriculture, flatterers, insolent pride, suspicions, laying of plots, longing for the death of others, newsmongers, lovers, misers, men canvassing for consulship?yet all these passed away, and are nowhere.

  4. Lex Kerssemakers:

    Our dealers have been longing for cars and for sales for so many years.

  5. Mahatma Gandhi:

    Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.

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