languish


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lan·guish

 (lăng′gwĭsh)
intr.v. lan·guished, lan·guish·ing, lan·guish·es
1. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor: crops languishing from a lack of rain.
2. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison.
3. To remain unattended or be neglected: legislation that continued to languish in committee.
4. To become downcast or pine away in longing: languish apart from friends and family; languish for a change from dull routine.

[Middle English languishen, from Old French languir, languiss-, from Latin languēre, to be languid; see slēg- in Indo-European roots.]

lan′guish·er n.
lan′guish·ing·ly adv.
lan′guish·ment n.

languish

(ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ)
vb (intr)
1. to lose or diminish in strength or energy
2. (often foll by for) to be listless with desire; pine
3. to suffer deprivation, hardship, or neglect: to languish in prison.
4. to put on a tender, nostalgic, or melancholic expression
[C14 languishen, from Old French languiss-, stem of languir, ultimately from Latin languēre]
ˈlanguishing adj
ˈlanguishingly adv
ˈlanguishment n

lan•guish

(ˈlæŋ gwɪʃ)
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.
4. to pine with desire or longing.
5. to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.
n.
6. the act or state of languishing.
7. a tender, melancholy look or expression.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French languiss-, long s. of languir]
lan′guish•er, n.
lan′guish•ing, adj.
lan′guish•ment, n.

languish


Past participle: languished
Gerund: languishing

Imperative
languish
languish
Present
I languish
you languish
he/she/it languishes
we languish
you languish
they languish
Preterite
I languished
you languished
he/she/it languished
we languished
you languished
they languished
Present Continuous
I am languishing
you are languishing
he/she/it is languishing
we are languishing
you are languishing
they are languishing
Present Perfect
I have languished
you have languished
he/she/it has languished
we have languished
you have languished
they have languished
Past Continuous
I was languishing
you were languishing
he/she/it was languishing
we were languishing
you were languishing
they were languishing
Past Perfect
I had languished
you had languished
he/she/it had languished
we had languished
you had languished
they had languished
Future
I will languish
you will languish
he/she/it will languish
we will languish
you will languish
they will languish
Future Perfect
I will have languished
you will have languished
he/she/it will have languished
we will have languished
you will have languished
they will have languished
Future Continuous
I will be languishing
you will be languishing
he/she/it will be languishing
we will be languishing
you will be languishing
they will be languishing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been languishing
you have been languishing
he/she/it has been languishing
we have been languishing
you have been languishing
they have been languishing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been languishing
you will have been languishing
he/she/it will have been languishing
we will have been languishing
you will have been languishing
they will have been languishing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been languishing
you had been languishing
he/she/it had been languishing
we had been languishing
you had been languishing
they had been languishing
Conditional
I would languish
you would languish
he/she/it would languish
we would languish
you would languish
they would languish
Past Conditional
I would have languished
you would have languished
he/she/it would have languished
we would have languished
you would have languished
they would have languished
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.languish - lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
weaken - become weaker; "The prisoner's resistance weakened after seven days"
2.languish - have a desire for something or someone who is not presentlanguish - have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"
die - languish as with love or desire; "She dying for a cigarette"; "I was dying to leave"
hanker, long, yearn - desire strongly or persistently
3.languish - become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
degenerate, deteriorate, devolve, drop - grow worse; "Her condition deteriorated"; "Conditions in the slums degenerated"; "The discussion devolved into a shouting match"

languish

verb
1. decline, waste away, fade away, wither away, flag, weaken, wilt, sicken He continues to languish in prison.
decline thrive, flourish, bloom, prosper
2. (Literary) waste away, suffer, rot, be abandoned, be neglected, be disregarded New products languish on the drawing board.
waste away thrive, flourish, bloom, prosper
3. (often with for) pine, want, long, desire, sigh, hunger, yearn, hanker, eat your heart out over, suspire a bride languishing for a kiss that never comes

languish

verb
1. To lose strength or power:
Informal: fizzle (out).
2. To waste away from longing or grief:
pine (away), wither.
Translations
يَضْعُف، يَفْتُر، يَخْمَل
chřadnoutochabovat
sygne hen
missa òrótt; veslast upp
keipti
nīkuļotvārgt
hâlsiz düşmekzayıf düşmek

languish

[ˈlæŋgwɪʃ] VI
1. (= pine) → languidecer, consumirse
2. (in prison) → pudrirse
the results of her research languished for years before action was takenlos resultados de su investigación cayeron en el olvido durante años antes de que se tomaran medidas
they are languishing at the bottom of the second divisionestán pasando sus horas más bajas en los últimos puestos de la segunda división

languish

[ˈlæŋgwɪʃ] vi
(in prison, hospital, refugee camp)croupir
to languish in sth
Still in 1959 there were thousands of people languishing in camps in Europe → En 1959, des milliers de personnes croupissaient encore dans des camps en Europe.
Thousands of patients are being left to languish in hospital beds → On laisse des milliers de patients dépérir sur leur lit d'hôpital.
to languish in jail → croupir en prison
He languished in jail for twenty years → Il a passé vingt ans à croupir en prison.
(= make no progress) [economy, company] → languir; [case] → traîner en longueur
to languish in obscurity (= be unknown) [person] → se morfondre dans l'anonymat

languish

vischmachten; (flowers)dahinwelken; (= pine)sich sehnen (for nach); he languished in prison for monthser schmachtete monatelang im Gefängnis; the panda merely languished in its new homeder Panda wurde in seiner neuen Heimat immer apathischer or stumpfer; the child languished during his mother’s absencedas Kind verzehrte sich nach seiner Mutter (geh); the products languish on the shelvesdie Waren bleiben in den Regalen liegen; I languish without you, he wroteich verzehre mich vor Sehnsucht nach dir, schrieb er

languish

[ˈlæŋgwɪʃ] vi to languish for love/over sb/in prisonlanguire d'amore/per qn/in prigione

languish

(ˈlӕŋgwiʃ) verb
to grow weak; to waste away.
References in classic literature ?
He is an excellent young man, and will suit Harriet exactly; it will be an `Exactly so,' as he says himself; but he does sigh and languish, and study for compliments rather more than I could endure as a principal.
Then, too, existence for you must be a scene of continual change and excitement, or else the world is a dungeon: you must be admired, you must be courted, you must be flattered--you must have music, dancing, and society--or you languish, you die away.
The Rivals" having been chosen as the play, Miss Marrable, as a matter of course, appropriated to herself the part of "Lydia Languish.
But if thou judge it hard and difficult, Conversing, looking, loving, to abstain From Loves due Rites, Nuptial embraces sweet, And with desire to languish without hope, Before the present object languishing With like desire, which would be miserie And torment less then none of what we dread, Then both our selves and Seed at once to free From what we fear for both, let us make short, Let us seek Death, or hee not found, supply With our own hands his Office on our selves; Why stand we longer shivering under feares, That shew no end but Death, and have the power, Of many wayes to die the shortest choosing, Destruction with destruction to destroy.
The lealest lover time can show, Doomed for a lady-love to languish, Among these solitudes doth go, A prey to every kind of anguish.
What matters really, not only to me, but to officers of justice and the king, is that an innocent man should languish in prison, the victim of an infamous denunciation, to die here cursing his executioners.
From these he strode on among the Trojans to Polydamas son of Panthous and Agenor; he then went in search of Aeneas and Hector, and when he had found them he said, "Hector, you have utterly forgotten your allies, who languish here for your sake far from friends and home while you do nothing to support them.
Less fortunate than my companion however, I still continued to languish under a complaint, the origin and nature of which were still a mystery.
For think, lest any languish By cause of thy distress The arrows of our anguish Fly farther than we guess.
The elimination of the third factor had a restorative effect upon George's conversation, which had begun to languish.
I did not languish long within the prison of Salensus Oll.
On the 25th of November, 1852, after the death of Overweg, his last companion, he plunged into the west, visited Sockoto, crossed the Niger, and finally reached Timbuctoo, where he had to languish, during eight long months, under vexations inflicted upon him by the sheik, and all kinds of ill-treatment and wretchedness.