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long for (someone or something)
To have a very strong desire or yearning for someone or something. I love my job, but I long for my family when I have to spend so much time on the road. After so many years in a stuffy office job, she longed for adventure around the world.
long for someone or something
to desire or pine for someone or something. She is longing for her old friends. Walter longed for his hometown in the mountains.
To desire greatly or yearn for something, especially something that is difficult or impossible to obtain: I long for the carefree days of my youth.