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- likely to remain for a long time
- I asked the doctor if I was long for this world(likely to live a long time)
- 2009, Karen Hawkins, Talk of the Town (page 126)
- But it doesn't matter, because Roxie's not long for this town. As soon as her mother's better, she'll be on her way to Paris.
Used in the negative, questions or statements of doubt.
- (transitive) To have a desire for (a thing or an event).
- (transitive) To miss (someone).
- 1888, Tighe Hopkins, For Freedom, volume 2, page 104:
- “I will stay now, if you bid me,” she replied, as low. “See, I am going to my mother, who longs for me as I for her. I will not go unless you let me.”
- 1982, Luise Mühlbach, chapter LIV, in F. Jordan, transl., Napoleon and Blücher: An Historical Novel, page 297:
- For some time he had not heard from his consort […] His heart longed for her and his child.
- 2011, Edith Sitwell, Fanfare for Elizabeth:
- He remembered those long years before his marriage, when he had longed for her and she had resisted him […]
to have desire for; to yearn