languish

  • 1 Languish — Lan guish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Languished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Languishing}.] [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. ? to slacken, ? slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See {… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Languish — Lan guish, n. See {Languishment}. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] What, of death, too, That rids our dogs of languish? Shak. [1913 Webster] And the blue languish of soft Allia s eye. Pope. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 3 languish — UK US /ˈlæŋgwɪʃ/ verb [I] ► to be weak or fail to improve: »Traditional industries continue to languish or disappear …

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  • 4 languish — [laŋ′gwish] vi. [ME languishen < extended stem of OFr languir < L languescere < languere, to be weary: see LANGUID] 1. to lose vigor or vitality; fail in health; become weak; droop 2. to live under distressing conditions; continue in a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 5 Languish — Lan guish, v. i. To cause to droop or pine. [Obs.] Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 6 languish — I verb ail, become disheartened, become ill, become weak, collapse, decay, decline, despair, despond, deteriorate, droop, drop, ebb, fade, fail, fail in health, fall ill, fall sick, flag, fret, go into a decline, grieve, grow weak, lament,… …

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  • 7 languish — (v.) early 14c., fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death, from languiss , prp. stem of O.Fr. languir be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill, from V.L. *languire, from L. languere be weak or faint (see LAX (Cf. lax)). Weaker sense be… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 8 languish — [v] droop; become dull, listless be disregarded, be neglected, brood, conk out*, decline, desire, despond, deteriorate, die on vine*, dwindle, ebb, fade, fag, fag out, fail, faint, fizzle out, flag, go soft*, go to pieces*, grieve, hanker, hunger …

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  • 9 languish — ► VERB 1) grow weak or feeble. 2) be kept in an unpleasant place or situation: he was languishing in jail. 3) archaic pine with love or grief. ORIGIN Old French languir, from Latin languere …

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  • 10 languish — UK [ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms languish : present tense I/you/we/they languish he/she/it languishes present participle languishing past tense languished past participle languished 1) to fail to be successful or to improve Oil… …

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  • 11 languish — [[t]læ̱ŋgwɪʃ[/t]] languishes, languishing, languished 1) VERB If someone languishes somewhere, they are forced to remain and suffer in an unpleasant situation. [V prep/adv] Pollard continues to languish in prison... [V prep/adv] No one knows for… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 languish — languisher, n. /lang gwish/, v.i. 1. to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade. 2. to lose vigor and vitality. 3. to undergo neglect or experience prolonged inactivity; suffer hardship and distress: to languish in prison for ten years. 4. to be …

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  • 13 languish — lan|guish [ˈlæŋgwıʃ] v [Date: 1300 1400; : French; Origin: languir, from [i]Latin languere] 1.) if someone languishes somewhere, they are forced to remain in a place where they are unhappy languish in ▪ Shaw languished in jail for fifteen years.… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 languish — lan|guish [ læŋgwıʃ ] verb intransitive 1. ) to fail to be successful or to improve: Oil prices continue to languish at $10.79 a barrel. 2. ) to remain in a difficult or unpleasant situation for a long time: languish in: The children are… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 languish — /ˈlæŋgwɪʃ / (say langgwish) verb (i) 1. to become or be weak or feeble; droop or fade. 2. to lose activity and vigour. 3. to pine or suffer under any unfavourable conditions: to languish ten years in a dungeon. 4. to pine with desire or longing… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 16 languish — v.intr. 1 be or grow feeble; lose or lack vitality. 2 put on a sentimentally tender or languid look. Phrases and idioms: languish for droop or pine for. languish under suffer under (esp. depression, confinement, etc.). Derivatives: languisher n.… …

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  • 17 languish — v. (D; intr.) (to languish in prison) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 languish — lan•guish [[t]ˈlæŋ gwɪʃ[/t]] v. i. 1) to be or become weak or feeble; droop; fade 2) to lose vigor and vitality 3) to suffer neglect, distress, or hardship: to languish in prison[/ex] 4) to pine with desire or longing 5) to assume an expression… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 languish — intransitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French languiss , stem of languir, from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languēre Date: 14th century 1. a. to be or become feeble, weak, or enervated b. to be or live in a state of… …

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  • 20 languish — verb /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪʃ/ a) To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness. He languished without his girlfriend b) To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness. He languished in… …

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