long|ing [ˈlɔŋıŋ US ˈlo:ŋıŋ] n [singular, U]
a strong feeling of wanting something or someone
She looked back with longing on the good old days.
longing for
His heart was filled with longing for Cynthia.
longing to
She felt a longing to throw herself into his arms.

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