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languish

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verb lan·guish \ˈlaŋ-gwish\

Simple Definition of languish

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of languish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated b :  to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality

  3. 2 a :  to become dispirited b :  to suffer neglect <the bill languished in the Senate for eight months>

  4. 3 :  to assume an expression of grief or emotion appealing for sympathy

languisher

noun

languishingly

play \-gwi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

languishment

play \-gwish-mənt\ noun

Examples of languish in a sentence

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



Origin and Etymology of languish

Middle English, from Anglo-French languiss-, stem of languir, from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languēre


First Known Use: 14th century


LANGUISH Defined for Kids

languish

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verb lan·guish \ˈlaŋ-gwish\

Definition of languish for Students

languished

languishing

  1. 1 :  to be or become weak, dull, or listless <“I don't feel good at all. I think I'm languishing …” — E. B. White, Charlotte's Web>

  2. 2 :  to continue for a long time without activity or progress in an unpleasant or unwanted situation <The innocent man languished in prison.>





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