long for

This page is about the phrasal verb long for.

Meaning: to want something you miss very much

Synonym: yearn for (formal), be dying for (informal)

For example:

  • long for sth Ever since he left England, Terry has been longing for a plate of traditional English fish and chips.

  • long for sth My wife says she longs for stimulating conversation, and when I offer to discuss a serious issue with her, she laughs.

Quick Quiz:

While Jenny was away at college, she often longed for

a. her mother's cooking

b. end-of-semester exams

c. terrible grades

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Contributor: Matt Errey