What does languish mean?

Definitions for languish
ˈlæŋ gwɪʃlan·guish

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. pine away, waste, languish(verb)

    lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief

    "After her husband died, she just pined away"

  2. ache, yearn, yen, pine, languish(verb)

    have a desire for something or someone who is not present

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

  3. languish, fade(verb)

    become feeble

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


  1. Languish(v. i.)

    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.

  2. Origin: [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.]


  1. languish(Verb)

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

  2. languish(Verb)

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

    He languished without his girlfriend

  3. languish(Verb)

    To live in miserable or disheartening conditions.

    He languished in prison for years

  4. languish(Verb)

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

    The case languished for years before coming to trial.

  5. languish(Verb)

    To make weak; to weaken, devastate.

  6. languish(Verb)

    To affect a languid air, especially disingenuously.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Languish(verb)

    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

  2. Languish(verb)

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

  3. Languish(verb)

    to cause to droop or pine

  4. Languish(noun)

    see Languishiment

  5. Origin: [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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  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. President Yoshihiro Nishiyama:

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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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
  • smachtenDutch
  • 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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