deep, desperate, great, intense, overwhelming, passionate, terrible, wild

She had a desperate longing to go back.

nostalgic, wistful

a wistful longing for the past

physical, sexual

human longing for truth and meaning

be filled with, be full of, feel, have

He felt an overwhelming longing to hear her voice again.

longing for

his intense longing for privacy

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