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Definition of "languish" []

  • To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor. (verb-intransitive)
  • To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison. (verb-intransitive)
  • To remain unattended or be neglected: legislation that continued to languish in committee. (verb-intransitive)
  • To become downcast or pine away in longing: languish apart from friends and family; languish for a change from dull routine. (verb-intransitive)
  • To affect a wistful or languid air, especially in order to gain sympathy. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "languish" in a sentence
  • "V. ii.42 (250,7) rids our dogs of languish] For _languish_, I think we may read, _anguish_."
  • "Predicting that recent volatility in such flows will continue or even increase, RBS anticipates that the rupee may "languish" in the 46 rupees-47. 50 rupees range over the next three months, with an upside bias for the dollar."
  • "I was, you know, spending a lot of time -- when you're a stand-up comedian, you have 23 hours of the day to just kind of languish and wait for the gig and do a little writing."