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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

Wiktionary

  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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Longing

    of Long

  2. Longingnoun

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    Happiness is the gap between loving and longing.

  2. Albert Einstein:

    In light of knowledge attained, the happy achievement seems almost a matter of course, and any intelligent student can grasp it without too much trouble. But the years of anxious searching in the dark, with their intense longing, their alterations of confidence and exhaustion and the final emergence into the light -- only those who have experienced it can understand it.

  3. Pastor Lim:

    I hope I can go home some day, nobody knows if I will ever go home, but that is my hope. I miss my family. I am longing to see them again, and my congregation.

  4. 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.

  5. Franklin Borbor:

    How many of our adolescents and young people sense that (love and happiness) are no longer found in their homes? How many women, sad and lonely, wonder when love left, when it slipped away from their lives? How many elderly people feel left out of family celebrations, cast aside and longing each day for a little love?

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