languish

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verb lan·guish \ˈlaŋ-gwish\

Definition of languish

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 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>

  3. 2a :  to become dispiritedb :  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 <languished at him through screwed-up eyes Edith Wharton>

languisher

noun

languishingly

play \ˈlaŋ-gwi-shiŋ-lē\ adverb

languishment

play \ˈlaŋ-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 English Language Learners

languish

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verb lan·guish \ˈlaŋ-gwish\

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

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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