Definition of longing noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈlɒŋɪŋ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlɔːŋɪŋ//
, NAmE//ˈlɑːŋɪŋ//
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[countable, uncountable] a strong feeling of wanting something/somebody longing (for somebody/something) a longing for home longing (to do something) She was filled with longing to hear his voice again. romantic longings His voice was husky with longing (= sexual desire).Extra examples She had a desperate longing to go back. a wistful longing for the past his intense longing for privacy human longing for truth and meaning He was filled with romantic longings. Her diary entries reflect a longing for home. His voice was husky with longing.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: longing