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lin·ger

 (lĭng′gər)
intr.v. lin·gered, lin·ger·ing, lin·gers
1. To stay in a place or be slow in leaving it, often out of reluctance: Friends lingered at the picnic tables, chatting. See Synonyms at stay1.
2.
a. To continue or persist: a smell that lingered in the air; doubts that lingered in my mind.
b. To remain feebly alive for some time before dying.
3. To proceed slowly; saunter: "the careless grace and dignity with which she lingered along the garden path" (Henry James).
4. To devote considerable time to something, especially in a leisurely fashion: We lingered over the question for an hour.

[Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to prolong, from Old English lengan; see del- in Indo-European roots.]

lin′ger·er n.
lin′ger·ing·ly adv.

linger

(ˈlɪŋɡə)
vb (mainly intr)
1. to delay or prolong departure
2. to go in a slow or leisurely manner; saunter
3. to remain just alive for some time prior to death
4. to persist or continue, esp in the mind
5. to be slow to act; dither; procrastinate
[C13 (northern dialect) lengeren to dwell, from lengen to prolong, from Old English lengan; related to Old Norse lengja; see long1]
ˈlingerer n
ˈlingering adj
ˈlingeringly adv

lin•ger

(ˈlɪŋ gər)
v.i.
1. to remain or stay on in a place longer than is usual or expected.
2. to remain alive or in use, though with diminishing vitality.
3. to dwell in contemplation, thought, or enjoyment: to linger over the painting.
4. to be tardy in action; delay.
5. to walk slowly.
v.t.
6. to pass (time) in a leisurely or a tedious manner (usu. fol. by away or out).
[1250–1300; Middle English lengeren to dwell, remain, frequentative of lengen, Old English lengan to prolong, literally, lengthen]
lin′ger•er, n.

linger


Past participle: lingered
Gerund: lingering

Imperative
linger
linger
Present
I linger
you linger
he/she/it lingers
we linger
you linger
they linger
Preterite
I lingered
you lingered
he/she/it lingered
we lingered
you lingered
they lingered
Present Continuous
I am lingering
you are lingering
he/she/it is lingering
we are lingering
you are lingering
they are lingering
Present Perfect
I have lingered
you have lingered
he/she/it has lingered
we have lingered
you have lingered
they have lingered
Past Continuous
I was lingering
you were lingering
he/she/it was lingering
we were lingering
you were lingering
they were lingering
Past Perfect
I had lingered
you had lingered
he/she/it had lingered
we had lingered
you had lingered
they had lingered
Future
I will linger
you will linger
he/she/it will linger
we will linger
you will linger
they will linger
Future Perfect
I will have lingered
you will have lingered
he/she/it will have lingered
we will have lingered
you will have lingered
they will have lingered
Future Continuous
I will be lingering
you will be lingering
he/she/it will be lingering
we will be lingering
you will be lingering
they will be lingering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been lingering
you have been lingering
he/she/it has been lingering
we have been lingering
you have been lingering
they have been lingering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been lingering
you will have been lingering
he/she/it will have been lingering
we will have been lingering
you will have been lingering
they will have been lingering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been lingering
you had been lingering
he/she/it had been lingering
we had been lingering
you had been lingering
they had been lingering
Conditional
I would linger
you would linger
he/she/it would linger
we would linger
you would linger
they would linger
Past Conditional
I would have lingered
you would have lingered
he/she/it would have lingered
we would have lingered
you would have lingered
they would have lingered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.linger - remain present although waning or gradually dying; "Her perfume lingered on"
persist, remain, stay - stay behind; "The smell stayed in the room"; "The hostility remained long after they made up"
2.linger - be aboutlinger - be about; "The high school students like to loiter in the Central Square"; "Who is this man that is hanging around the department?"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
prowl, lurch - loiter about, with no apparent aim
3.linger - leave slowly and hesitantly
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
4.linger - take one's time; proceed slowly
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it, belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten - move fast; "He rushed down the hall to receive his guests"; "The cars raced down the street"
5.linger - move to and fro; "The shy student lingered in the corner"
hesitate, waffle, waver - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"

linger

verb
1. continue, last, remain, stay, carry on, endure, persist, abide The guilty feelings lingered.
2. hang on, last, survive, cling to life, die slowly He lingered for weeks in a coma.
3. stay, remain, stop, wait, delay, lag, hang around, idle, dally, loiter, take your time, wait around, dawdle, hang in the air, procrastinate, tarry, drag your feet or heels Customers are welcome to linger over coffee until midnight.

linger

verb
1. To stop temporarily and remain, as if reluctant to leave:
2. To continue to be in a place:
Informal: stick around.
Idiom: stay put.
3. To go or move slowly so that progress is hindered:
Translations
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dvæleforblivefortsætte
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dvelja, verîa eftirstaldra viî
tvyrotiužsibūtiužtrukti
ieilgtkavētiesuzkavētiesvilcināties
pomuditi se

linger

[ˈlɪŋgəʳ] VI
1. (= be unwilling to go) → rezagarse, tardar en marcharse
2. (also linger on) (in dying) → tardar en morirse; [pain] → persistir, durar; [doubts] → persistir, quedar; [smell] → persistir, tardar en desaparecer; [tradition] → sobrevivir; [memory] → pervivir, seguir vivo
3. (= take one's time) to linger on a subjectdilatarse con un tema
I let my eye linger on the sceneseguía sin apartar los ojos de la escena
to linger over doing sthtardar or no darse prisa en hacer algo
to linger over a mealcomer despacio

linger

[ˈlɪŋgər] vi
[person] → s'attarder
Davis lingered for a moment in the bar → Davis s'attarda un moment au bar.
to linger over a cup of coffee → se prélasser en buvant une tasse de café
[smell, tradition] → persister; [feeling] → persister

linger

vi
(also linger on)(zurück)bleiben, verweilen (liter); (in dying) → zwischen Leben und Tod schweben; (custom)fortbestehen, sich halten; (doubts, suspicions)zurückbleiben; (feeling, emotion, pain)anhalten, bleiben; (memory)fortbestehen, bleiben; (chords)nachklingen; (scent)sich halten; the party was over, but many of the guests lingered in the halldie Party war vorbei, aber viele Gäste standen noch im Flur herum; it was incredible how Franco lingered ones war erstaunlich, wie Franco sich an der Macht festkkrallte
(= delay)sich aufhalten, verweilen (liter); I mustn’t linger or I’ll miss the busich darf mich nicht lange aufhalten, sonst verpasse ich den Bus
(= dwell) to linger on a subjectbei einem Thema verweilen (geh); I let my eyes linger on the sceneich ließ meinen Blick auf der Szene ruhen; to linger over a mealsich (dat)bei einer Mahlzeit Zeit lassen, sich bei einer Mahlzeit lange aufhalten; we lingered over a glass of winewir tranken gemächlich ein Glas Wein

linger

[ˈlɪŋgəʳ] vi (person, dawdle) → indugiare; (wait) → attardarsi; (be on the point of death) → trascinarsi; (smell, memory, tradition) → persistere
to linger over a meal → attardarsi a tavola
to linger on a subject → dilungarsi su un argomento

linger

(ˈliŋgə) verb
1. to remain, last or continue for a long time or after the expected time. The smell of the bad fish lingered for days.
2. to proceed slowly or delay. We lingered in the hall, looking at the pictures.

linger

v. [to suffer] consumirse, padecer lentamente; [to delay] demorarse.
References in classic literature ?
Let nothing linger after-- No whispering ghost remain, In wall, or beam, or rafter, Of any hate or pain: Cleanse and call home thy spirit, Deny her leave to cast, On aught thy heirs inherit, The shadow of her past.
One does not linger in the neighbourhood of Reading.
We had intended to push on to Wallingford that day, but the sweet smiling face of the river here lured us to linger for a while; and so we left our boat at the bridge, and went up into Streatley, and lunched at the "Bull," much to Montmorency's satisfaction.
Without knowing why, we used to linger on the sidewalk outside the church when the lamps were lighted early for choir practice or prayer-meeting, shivering and talking until our feet were like lumps of ice.
We linger to weep over a picture, but from the original we should quickly turn our eyes away.
Life had never brought them a gloomier hour; it was the point whither their pathway had so long been tending, and darkening ever, as it stole along -- and yet it unclosed a charm that made them linger upon it, and claim another, and another, and, after all, another moment.
It is but a month since they were married, and the rice still lingers in the crevices of the pathway down to the quaint old iron-work gate.
In a tribute normally for popes and heads of state, the Linger singer lay in an open coffin in the city's St Joseph's Church while her songs played.
Three of the Irish rock band's hits have also re-entered the Official Singles Chart, with 1994 hit Zombie at number 45, 1993's Linger at 47 and Dreams, first released in 1992, at 66.
The toffee and caramel flavours linger in the mouth for a while after drinking.
PAGASA reports show a slow-moving storm that might linger throughout the coming week.
The music and the memories Will linger still with you.