longing

A longing is a strong feeling of need or desire for someone or something. If you're stuck in detention and all of your friends are outside enjoying a sunny day, you might be looking out the window with longing.

A longing describes an unfulfilled desire. The days might feel long as long as you are longing to see someone you love, if that person is far away. You might be longing for your mother's home-made chicken soup, if you are sick and far from home. Or perhaps you are a pregnant woman, wide awake and longing for pickles and ice-cream at four in the morning. Let's hope there's a twenty-four hour deli open somewhere to help satisfy your longing.

Definitions of longing
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n prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

Synonyms:
hungriness, yearning
Types:
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hankering, yen
a yearning for something or to do something
pining
a feeling of deep longing
wishfulness
an unrealistic yearning
wistfulness
a sadly pensive longing
nostalgia
longing for something past
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
a longing for something better than the present situation
lovesickness
a pining for a loved one
homesickness
a longing to return home
disgruntlement
a feeling of sulky discontent
dysphoria
abnormal depression and discontent
dissatisfaction
the feeling of being displeased and discontent
Type of:
desire
the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

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