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Meaning of longing

long•ing

Pronunciation: (lông'ing, long'-), [key]
— n.
  1. strong, persistent desire or craving, esp. for something unattainable or distant: filled with longing for home.
  2. an instance of this: a sudden longing to see old friends.
—adj.
  1. having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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