AskDefine | Define languish

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1 lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away" [syn: pine away, waste]
2 have a desire for something or someone who is not present; "She ached for a cigarette"; "I am pining for my lover" [syn: ache, yearn, yen, pine]
3 become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon" [syn: fade]

User Contributed Dictionary



From languir.


  1. To lose strength and become weak
  2. To live in miserable or disheartening conditions
    • He languished in prison for years
  3. To be neglected
    • The case languished for years before coming to trial
  4. To pine away in longing for something
    • He languished without his girlfriend
  5. To affect a languid air in order to gain sympathy


to lose strength and become weak
to live in miserable conditions
to long for something

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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