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pine away, waste, languishverb
lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
"After her husband died, she just pined away"
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"
"The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
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.
To lose strength and become weak; to be in a state of weakness or sickness.
To pine away in longing for something; to have low spirits, especially from lovesickness.
He languished without his girlfriend
To live in miserable or disheartening conditions.
He languished in prison for years
To be neglected; to make little progress, be unsuccessful.
The case languished for years before coming to trial.
To make weak; to weaken, devastate.
To affect a languid air, especially disingenuously.
Etymology: From the participle stem of and languir, from languire, alteration of languere. Compare languor.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: from the verb.
And the blue languish of soft Allia’s eye. Alexander Pope.
Then forth he walks,
Beneath the trembling languish of her beam,
With soften’d soul. James Thomson, Spring, l. 1035.
Etymology: languir, French; langueo, Latin.
Let her languish
A drop of blood a-day; and, being aged,
Die of this folly. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
We and our fathers do languish of such diseases. 2 Esdr.
What can we expect, but that her languishings should end in death. Decay of Piety.
His sorrows bore him off; and softly laid
His languish’d limbs upon his homely bed. John Dryden, Æn.
The troops with hate inspir’d,
Their darts with clamour at a distance drive,
And only keep the languish’d war alive. John Dryden, Æn.
What man who knows
What woman is, yea, what she cannot chuse
But must be, will his free hours languish out
For assur’d bondage. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.
The land shall mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein languish. Hos. iv. 3.
I have been talking with a suitor here,
A man that languishes in your displeasure. William Shakespeare, Othello.
I was about fifteen when I took the liberty to chuse for myself, and have ever since languished under the displeasure of an inexorable father. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 181.
Let Leonora consider, that, at the very time in which she languishes for the loss of her deceased lover, there are persons just perishing in a shipwreck. Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 163.
What poems think you soft, and to be read
With languishing regards, and bending head? Dryden.
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
to assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy
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.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. languescĕre—languēre, to be faint.]
The numerical value of languish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of languish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Examples of languish in a Sentence
President Yoshihiro Nishiyama:
Copper prices will continue to languish this year, hovering between the current level and $5,500 a tonne.
There was grazing ability outside the barn. However, they were left to languish within their stalls from what it appears to be.
She was able to make quick decisions to place that baby in a pre-adoptive home as quickly as possible, so he didn't languish in the system.
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.
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.
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- llanguirCatalan, Valencian
- zeslábnout, živořitCzech
- dahinsiechen, ermatten, schmachtenGerman
- estancarse, periclitar, atascarse, languidecer, sufrir, debilitarse, enredarse, desperecer, marchitar, atrofiar, ir tirando, decaerSpanish
- nääntyä, räytyä, riutua, roikkua, kitua, viruaFinnish
- stagner, [[devenir]] [[étique]], péricliter, marquer le pas, mourir, se rabougrir, vivoter, patauger, [[traîner]] [[une]] [[misérable]] [[éxistence]], languir, décliner, piétiner, se cachectiser, dépérirFrench
- տկարանալ, թախծել, տանջվել, թառամել, ուժից ընկնել, հյուծվել, թուլանալ, ուժասպառ լինելArmenian
- segnare il passo, stagnare, intristire, vivachiareItalian
- 惨めに暮らす, 元気がなくなるJapanese
- smachten, wegkwijnenDutch
- увядать, [[влачить]] [[жалкий, прозябать, чахнуть, томиться, тосковать, тянуться, изнывать, слабетьRussian
- försmäkta, tyna bortSwedish
- sürünmek, durgunlaşmak, gevşemekTurkish
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