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longing

noun [S or U] uk   /ˈlɒŋ.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈlɑːŋ-/
C2 a feeling of wanting something or someone very much: He gazed at her, his eyes full of longing. a longing look a longing for his homelandFeelings of desire
longingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
She gazed longingly at the cakes in the shop window.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
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