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Definition of languish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    languish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they languish
    BrE BrE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it languishes
    BrE BrE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple languished
    BrE BrE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    past participle languished
    BrE BrE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃt//
     
    -ing form languishing
    BrE BrE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlæŋɡwɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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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 The share price languished at 102p.
  3. Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘become faint, feeble, or ill’): from Old French languiss-, lengthened stem of languir ‘languish’, from a variant of Latin languere, related to laxus ‘loose, lax’.
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