Definition of languish
1a : to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated Plants languish in the drought.b : to be or live in a state of depression or decreasing vitality languished in prison for ten years
2a : to become dispiritedb : to suffer neglect the bill languished in the Senate for eight months
3 : to assume an expression of grief or emotion appealing for sympathy languished at him through screwed-up eyes Edith Wharton
languishinglyplay \ˈlaŋ-gwi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb
languishmentplay \ˈlaŋ-gwish-mənt\ noun
Examples of languish in a Sentence
older people, especially, were languishing during the prolonged heat wave
Recent Examples of languish from the Web
Even with Hall’s contribution, New Jersey has been languishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.
The project, however, has faced obstacles, first awaiting funding after it was first proposed in 2009 and then languishing as the company picked to do the job, Tradeco, defaulted on all its state road projects in mid-2015.
State parties languished and the Democratic National Committee struggled with dysfunction and debt.
Coming on the heels of weeks of exceptionally mild weather that damped demand for natural gas for heating, a shot of cold could help jolt languishing natural gas prices.
After languishing for almost a century, this idea has reemerged, prompted in part by observations linking the immune system to psychiatric symptoms.
For decades, those boxes of pictures, letters, gewgaws, and mementos languished in storage lockers around New York, accruing fees, threatening to become lost to the vagaries of time, and basically driving Cooper crazy.
By the end of the weekend, the three Americans — a Washington Post reporter, a former Marine and a pastor — were at an American air base in Germany undergoing medical examinations, almost home after languishing in Iran’s worst prisons.
There, in the secondary offices, some of them languished for years.
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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 English Language Learners
Definition of languish for English Language Learners
: to continue for a long time without activity or progress in an unpleasant or unwanted situation
LANGUISH Defined for Kids
Definition of languish for Students
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 : 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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