Pronunciation: (lông'ing, long'-), [key]
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.
having or characterized by persistent or earnest desire: a longing look.
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