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Definition of languish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they languish
    he / she / it languishes
    past simple languished
    -ing form languishing
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  1. 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. 2[intransitive] to become weaker or fail to make progress Share prices languished at the closing bell.
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