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Definition of linger verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they linger
    he / she / it lingers
    past simple lingered
    -ing form lingering
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  1. 1[intransitive] to continue to exist for longer than expected The faint smell of her perfume lingered in the room. linger on The civil war lingered on well into the 1930s.
  2. 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to stay somewhere for longer because you do not want to leave; to spend a long time doing something She lingered for a few minutes to talk to Nick. We lingered over breakfast on the terrace.
  3. 3[intransitive] linger (on somebody/something) to continue to look at someone or something or think about something for longer than usual His eyes lingered on the diamond ring on her finger.
  4. 4[intransitive] linger (on) to stay alive but become weaker He lingered on for several months after the heart attack.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: linger