long

long vb Long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong and urgent desire for something.
One longs when one wishes for something, and especially something remote or not readily attainable, with one's whole heart or with great earnestness
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socialists who long to see the world a better place— Woodrow Wyatt

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ever have I longed to slake my thirst for the world's praises— Keats

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wretched sensitive beings like ourselves longing to escape— Powys

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in the midst of the finesse, and the artistry . . . one longs at times, not for less refinement but for more virility— Lowes

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One yearns when one regards or desires something with eager, restless, often tender or passionate longing
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but Enoch yearned to see her face again— Tennyson

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she gazed into his faded blue eyes as if yearning to be understood— Conrad

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dreamers who yearned for things that are not, for things to come or things that have been— Norman Douglas

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One hankers when one is possessed with or made uneasy by a desire because of the urgency of a physical appetite
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hanker for fresh fruit in the wintertime

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or because of such a passion as greed, lust, ambition, or covetousness
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she . . . still hankered, with a natural hankering, after her money— Trollope

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hankering from the start after the office of tribune— Buchan

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or for something beyond one's reach or one's powers even if only for the moment
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to wean your minds from hankering after false Germanic standards— Quiller-Couch

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too long a siege of the familiar . . . sets us hankering after the strange— Lowes

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But often hanker is weakened to the point that it means little if any more than want
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although collectors still hanker after the period pieces, the trend is for simplicity— Tomkinson

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one hankers after one's own order of comfort in advancing age— de la Mare

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One pines when one languishes or grows weak through longing for something or gives oneself up to fruitless longing for it
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we look before and after, and pine for what is not— Shelley

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Harry Temple was wise enough to give up pining after what he could not get— Besant & Rice

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Basically one hungers for food to satisfy an urgent craving for nourishment or for a particular kind of food essential to satisfy appetite, and similarly one thirsts for drink to satisfy an urgent need for liquid or for a particular kind of drink essential to satisfy appetite
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hunger for fresh vegetables

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thirst for cool fresh water

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In their extended senses one hungers or thirsts when one longs for something with the full force of one's being
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blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled—Mr 5:6

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she hungered for a new environment in which to expand her new powers— Ellis

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East Florida was a pawn in world conflict, a strategic bait for which many nations hungeredHyman

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a savage, unprincipled brute who naturally thirsted to overturn a society— Plumb

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Analogous words: crave, *desire, wish, want, covet: pant, aspire, *aim

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  • Long — Long, a. [Compar. {Longer}; superl. {Longest}.] [AS. long, lang; akin to OS, OFries., D., & G. lang, Icel. langr, Sw. l[*a]ng, Dan. lang, Goth. laggs, L. longus. [root]125. Cf. {Length}, {Ling} a fish, {Linger}, {Lunge}, {Purloin}.] 1. Drawn out… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Long — Long, adv. [AS. lance.] 1. To a great extent in space; as, a long drawn out line. [1913 Webster] 2. To a great extent in time; during a long time. [1913 Webster] They that tarry long at the wine. Prov. xxiii. 30. [1913 Webster] When the trumpet… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Long — Long, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Longed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Longing}.] [AS. langian to increase, to lengthen, to stretch out the mind after, to long, to crave, to belong to, fr. lang long. See {Long}, a.] 1. To feel a strong or morbid desire or craving; …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Long — Long, n. 1. (Mus.) A note formerly used in music, one half the length of a large, twice that of a breve. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phonetics) A long sound, syllable, or vowel. [1913 Webster] 3. The longest dimension; the greatest extent; in the phrase,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Long — Long, prep. [Abbreviated fr. along. See 3d {Along}.] By means of; by the fault of; because of. [Obs.] See {Along of}, under 3d {Along}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • LONG — ONGUE. adj. Il se dit Des objets considérés dans leur étendue, d un bout, d une extrémité à l autre, et par opposition à Court. Un bâton long de tant de pieds. La harpe a des cordes plus longues les unes que les autres. Tirer une longue ligne sur …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • long — I. adjective (longer; longest) Etymology: Middle English long, lang, from Old English; akin to Old High German lang long, Latin longus Date: before 12th century 1. a. extending for a considerable distance b. having greater length than usual < a… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Long s — The correct title of this article is ſ. It appears incorrectly here because of technical restrictions. An italicized long s used in the word Congress in the United States Bill of Rights. The long, medial or descending s (ſ) is a form of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Long — In general English usage, long is the adjectival form of length. It may also refer to:In geography: * Long, People s Republic of China * Long Island, New York, United States * Long Lake, various lakesIn other fields: * Lóng, the Chinese dragon *… …   Wikipedia

  • Long Mu — In Chinese mythology, Long Mu (simplified Chinese: 龙母; traditional Chinese: 龍母; pinyin: lóng mǔ; Wade–Giles: lung mo) or Mother of Dragons was a Chinese woman who was deified as a goddess after raising five infant dragons. Long Mu and her dragons …   Wikipedia

  • Long of — Along A*long [AS. gelang owing to.] (Now heard only in the prep. phrase {along of}.) [1913 Webster] {Along of}, {Along on}, often shortened to {Long of}, prep. phr., owing to; on account of. [Obs. or Low. Eng.] On me is not along thin evil fare.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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