verb lan·guish \ˈlaŋ-gwish\

: to continue for a long time without activity or progress in an unpleasant or unwanted situation

Full Definition of LANGUISH

intransitive verb
a :  to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated
b :  to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality
a :  to become dispirited
b :  to suffer neglect <the bill languished in the Senate for eight months>
:  to assume an expression of grief or emotion appealing for sympathy
lan·guish·er noun
lan·guish·ing·ly \-gwi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb
lan·guish·ment \-gwish-mənt\ noun

Examples of LANGUISH

  1. <older people, especially, were languishing during the prolonged heat wave>

Origin of LANGUISH

Middle English, from Anglo-French languiss-, stem of languir, from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languēre
First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with LANGUISH


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