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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

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

lan·guish·er noun
lan·guish·ing·ly play \-gwi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb
lan·guish·ment play \-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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