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"longing" in British English

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longingnoun [S or U]

uk   /ˈlɒŋ.ɪŋ/ us   /ˈlɑːŋ.ɪŋ/
adverb uk   /ˈlɒŋ.ɪŋ.li/ us   /ˈlɑːŋ.ɪŋ.li/
She gazed longingly at the box of chocolates.
(Definition of longing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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longingnoun [C]

us   /ˈlɔŋ·ɪŋ/
a strong desire: a longing for peace and quiet
(Definition of longing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “longing”
in Arabic حَنين…
in Korean 갈망…
in Portuguese desejo…
in Catalan desig, anhel…
in Japanese あこがれ, 願望…
in Chinese (Simplified) 渴望,向往,期望…
in Turkish özlem, hasret…
in Russian страстное желание, тоска…
in Chinese (Traditional) 渴望,嚮往,期望…
in Italian desiderio intenso…
in Polish tęsknota, pragnienie…
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