Definition of long verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

long

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//lɒŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɔːŋ//
 
, NAmE//lɑːŋ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they long
BrE BrE//lɒŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɔːŋ//
 
, NAmE//lɑːŋ//
 
he / she / it longs
BrE BrE//lɒŋz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɔːŋz//
 
, NAmE//lɑːŋz//
 
past simple longed
BrE BrE//lɒŋd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɔːŋd//
 
, NAmE//lɑːŋd//
 
past participle longed
BrE BrE//lɒŋd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//lɔːŋd//
 
, NAmE//lɑːŋd//
 
-ing form longing
BrE BrE//ˈlɒŋɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːŋɪŋ//
 
, NAmE//ˈlɑːŋɪŋ//
 
 
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[intransitive] to want something very much especially if it does not seem likely to happen soon synonym yearn long for somebody/something Lucy had always longed for a brother. long for somebody to do something He longed for Pat to phone. long to do something I'm longing to see you again. see also longed-forWord Familylong adjective adverblength nounlengthy adjectivelengthen verb Word Originverb Old English langian ‘grow long, prolong’, also ‘dwell in thought, yearn’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch langen ‘present, offer’ and German langen ‘reach, extend’.Extra examples He hated the city and longed for the mountains. He longed desperately to be back at home. She had always longed to go abroad. She had always longed to travel to other countries. They were the words she had secretly longed to hear. I’m longing to see you again.
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