Languish - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ|  American pronunciation of the word languish
Brit.  |ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ|  British pronunciation of the word languish
- lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief (syn: waste)
- have a desire for something or someone who is not present (syn: ache, pine, yearn, yen)
- become feeble (syn: fade)
The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon

Examples

...older people, especially, were languishing during the prolonged heat wave...

He did not live, but languished through life.

The appetite languishes.

The brightness of lamps languishes in the light.

After languishing in obscurity for many years, her early novels have recently been rediscovered.

Shaw languished in jail for fifteen years.

The housing market continues to languish.

The shares are languishing at just 46p after yesterday's fall.

West Ham United are currently languishing at the bottom of the league.

How long will Grace go on languishing for her red-haired boy?

The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon

Here I languish alone, supinely dreaming.

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: languish
he/she/it: languishes
present participle: languishing
past tense: languished
past participle: languished
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