- 1[intransitive] languish (in something) to be forced to stay somewhere or suffer something unpleasant for a long time She continues to languish in a foreign prison.
- 2 [intransitive] to become weaker or fail to make progress Share prices languished at the closing bell.
NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ//(formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they languish
he / she / it languishes
past simple languished
-ing form languishing