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English definition of “longing”

longing

noun [S or U]     /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 homeland Feelings of desire longingly     /-li/ adverb She gazed longingly at the cakes in the shop window .Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
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