What does languish mean?

Definitions for languish
ˈlæŋ gwɪʃlan·guish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pine away, waste, languishverb

    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    "After her husband died, she just pined away"

  2. ache, yearn, yen, pine, languishverb

    have a desire for something or someone who is not present

    "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover"

  3. languish, fadeverb

    become feeble

    "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"

GCIDE

  1. Languishverb

    To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy. Tennyson.3. To be neglected and unattended to; as, the proposal languished on the director's desk for months.

    Etymology: [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. to slacken, slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See -ish.]

Wiktionary

  1. languishverb

    To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness.

    Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.

  2. languishverb

    To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness.

    He languished without his girlfriend

    Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.

  3. languishverb

    To live in miserable or disheartening conditions.

    He languished in prison for years

    Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.

  4. languishverb

    To be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful.

    The case languished for years before coming to trial.

    Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.

  5. languishverb

    To make weak; to weaken, devastate.

    Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.

  6. languishverb

    To affect a languid air, especially disingenuously.

    Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Languishverb

    to become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to wither or fade

    Etymology: [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. to slacken, slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See -ish.]

  2. Languishverb

    to assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy

    Etymology: [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. to slacken, slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See -ish.]

  3. Languishverb

    to cause to droop or pine

    Etymology: [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. to slacken, slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See -ish.]

  4. Languishnoun

    see Languishiment

    Etymology: [OE. languishen, languissen, F. languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. to slacken, slack, Icel. lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to E. slack. See -ish.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Languish

    lang′gwish, v.i. to become languid or enfeebled: to lose strength and animation: to pine: to become dull, as of trade.—n. (Shak.) languishment.—adjs. Lang′uished, sunken in languor; Lang′uishing, expressive of languor, or merely sentimental emotion.—adv. Lang′uishingly.—n. Lang′uishment, the act or state of languishing: tenderness of look. [Fr. languir, languiss-,—L. languescĕrelanguēre, to be faint.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of languish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of languish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of languish in a Sentence

  1. Sheriff Brad Swain:

    There was grazing ability outside the barn. However, they were left to languish within their stalls from what it appears to be.

  2. Natasha Alexenko:

    The thought of even being in the same room as those people gives me goose bumps. I'd burst into tears of gratitude, how can you begin to say thank you for that? And what an insult to that ingenuity that we're just letting these kits languish.

  3. Ritchie Torres:

    We can let children languish in povertythat's going to haunt them for the rest of their lives orwe can give them a fighting chance, i prefer the latter, but that's a value judgment.

  4. President Yoshihiro Nishiyama:

    Copper prices will continue to languish this year, hovering between the current level and $5,500 a tonne.

  5. Megan Crandall:

    In no way is there any intention whatsoever to let this languish, our intention is to move forward with as much alacrity as possible.

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  • llanguirCatalan, Valencian
  • živořit, zeslábnoutCzech
  • trættesDanish
  • schmachten, dahinsiechen, ermattenGerman
  • εξασθενώGreek
  • velkiEsperanto
  • marchitar, estancarse, languidecer, periclitar, decaer, atascarse, ir tirando, debilitarse, enredarse, desperecer, atrofiar, sufrirSpanish
  • roikkua, riutua, virua, nääntyä, räytyä, kituaFinnish
  • se cachectiser, mourir, décliner, piétiner, dépérir, languir, [[traîner]] [[une]] [[misérable]] [[éxistence]], stagner, péricliter, [[devenir]] [[étique]], vivoter, patauger, se rabougrir, marquer le pasFrench
  • տկարանալ, ուժից ընկնել, թուլանալ, ուժասպառ լինել, թառամել, տանջվել, հյուծվել, թախծելArmenian
  • langorarIdo
  • intristire, stagnare, vivachiare, segnare il passoItalian
  • 惨めに暮らす, 元気がなくなるJapanese
  • smachten, wegkwijnenDutch
  • definharPortuguese
  • [[влачить]] [[жалкий, слабеть, изнывать, тянуться, тосковать, томиться, чахнуть, прозябать, увядатьRussian
  • lëngojAlbanian
  • tyna bort, försmäktaSwedish
  • gevşemek, durgunlaşmak, sürünmekTurkish
  • 憔悴Chinese

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