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verb [intransitive]     long pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelonging
past tenselonged
past participlelonged
  1. to want something very much
    long to do something:

    She longed to see him again.

    long for:

    It was freezing outside, and Marcia longed for a hot drink.

    This was the excitement that she had secretly longed for.

    long for someone to do something:

    I was tired and was longing for her to leave.

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    1. a.
      literary to want to be with someone who you love, especially when this is not likely to happen soon


a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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