Long, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Longed p. pr. & vb. n. Longing.]
1. To feel a strong or morbid desire or craving; to wish for something with eagerness; -- followed by an infinitive, or by for or after.
I long to see you. --Rom. i. 11.
I have longed after thy precepts. --Ps. cxix. 40.
I have longed for thy salvation. --Ps. cxix. 174.
Nicomedes, longing for herrings, was supplied with fresh ones . . . at a great distance from the sea. --Arbuthnot.
2. To belong; -- used with to, unto, or for. [Obs.]
The labor which that longeth unto me. --Chaucer.
Long·ing n. An eager desire; a craving; a morbid appetite; an earnest wish; an aspiration.
Put on my crown; I have
immortal longings in me. --Shak.
n : prolonged unfulfilled desire or need [syn: yearning]