If you're talking about the longings of the heart, use the word desire. When you are studying for a difficult history exam, the desire to be somewhere far away doing something fun might be very strong!

Desire can be used as both a noun and a verb. Is your boyfriend your heart's desire? Your parents probably desire your punctual appearance at the dinner table every evening. Desire is usually used not just when you long for any old thing, but for something that is associated with giving great pleasure. Thus, you might want to get an A on a test, but you desire a piece of chocolate cake.

Definitions of desire
  1. noun
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
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    ambition, aspiration, dream
    a cherished desire
    a desire for bloodshed
    the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid
    an intense desire for some particular thing
    want, wish, wishing
    a specific feeling of desire
    hungriness, longing, yearning
    prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
    concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
    a desire for sexual intimacy
    itch, urge
    a strong restless desire
    caprice, impulse, whim
    a sudden desire
    American Dream
    the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
    ambition to equal or excel
    the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
    appetence, appetency, appetite
    a feeling of craving something
    an abnormally strong craving
    a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
    hankering, yen
    a yearning for something or to do something
    a feeling of deep longing
    an unrealistic yearning
    a sadly pensive longing
    longing for something past
    erotic love, love, sexual love
    a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction
    a desire for heterosexual intimacy
    decline or absence of sexual desire
    a feeling of strong sexual desire
    sensualism, sensuality, sensualness
    desire for sensual pleasures
    amativeness, amorousness, eroticism, erotism, sexiness
    the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
    a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body
    (psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire
    lecherousness, lust, lustfulness
    a strong sexual desire
    abnormally intense sexual desire in women
    abnormally intense sexual desire in men
    the hots
    intense sexual desire
    discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
    a longing for something better than the present situation
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    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  2. noun
    an inclination to want things
    “a man of many desires
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    hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness
    strong desire for something (not food or drink)
    excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
    avarice, avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
    extreme greed for material wealth
    excessive desire to possess or dominate
    strong desire to acquire and possess
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    inclination, tendency
    a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
  3. noun
    something that is desired
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    passion, rage
    something that is desired intensely
    materialism, philistinism
    a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
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    a state of heightened physiological activity
  4. verb
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
    synonyms: want
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    crave, hunger, lust, starve, thirst
    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    fancy, go for, take to
    have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
    feel or suffer from the lack of
    be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
    hope for; have a wish
    wish, wish well
    feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
    care, like, wish
    prefer or wish to do something
    itch, spoil
    have a strong desire or urge to do something
    want to have
    have as one's ambition
    feel like
    have an inclination for something or some activity
    begrudge, envy
    be envious of; set one's heart on
    lech after, lust after
    have a strong sexual desire for
    hanker, long, yearn
    desire strongly or persistently
    try to get or reach
    feel sad about the loss or absence of
    ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen
    have a desire for something or someone who is not present
    be the will of or have the will (to)
    hope, trust
    expect and wish
    wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
    make a serious effort to attain something
    make a search (for)
  5. verb
    express a desire for
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    bespeak, call for, quest, request
    express the need or desire for; ask for
  6. verb
    expect and wish
    synonyms: hope, trust
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    hope for; have a wish
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