Thursday, November 21, 2013

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languish

[lang-gwish]

verb (used without object)

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 subjected to delay or disregard; be ignored: a petition that languished on the warden's desk for a year.
5. to pine with desire or longing.
6. to assume an expression of tender, sentimental melancholy.
7. the act or state of languishing.
8. a tender, melancholy look or expression.
Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French languiss-, long stem of languir ≪ Latin langu─ôre to languish; akin to laxus lax; see -ish2
Related forms
lan·guish·er, noun


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