longing

noun
ADJECTIVE
deep, desperate, great, intense, overwhelming, passionate, terrible, wild

She had a desperate longing to go back.

sudden
hopeless
nostalgic, wistful

a wistful longing for the past

secret
physical, sexual
human

human longing for truth and meaning

VERB + LONGING
be filled with, be full of, feel, have

He felt an overwhelming longing to hear her voice again.

satisfy
PREPOSITION
longing for

his intense longing for privacy


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