Definition of languish
- Plants languish in the drought.
- languished in prison for ten years
- the bill languished in the Senate for eight months
- languished at him through screwed-up eyes Edith Wharton
older people, especially, were languishing during the prolonged heat wave
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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