I verb ail, become disheartened, become ill, become weak, collapse, decay, decline, despair, despond, deteriorate, droop, drop, ebb, fade, fail, fail in health, fall ill, fall sick, flag, fret, go into a decline, grieve, grow weak, lament, languere, languescere, live under unfavorable conditions, lose heart, lose spirit, lose strength, pine, pine away, repine, sag, sicken, sink, slump, stagnate, succumb, suffer, tabescere, vegetate, waste away, weaken, wear away, wilt, wither II index decay, degenerate, suffer (sustain loss)

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  • Languish — Lan guish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Languished}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Languishing}.] [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 {… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Languish — Lan guish, n. See {Languishment}. [Obs. or Poetic] [1913 Webster] What, of death, too, That rids our dogs of languish? Shak. [1913 Webster] And the blue languish of soft Allia s eye. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • languish — UK US /ˈlæŋgwɪʃ/ verb [I] ► to be weak or fail to improve: »Traditional industries continue to languish or disappear …   Financial and business terms

  • languish — [laŋ′gwish] vi. [ME languishen < extended stem of OFr languir < L languescere < languere, to be weary: see LANGUID] 1. to lose vigor or vitality; fail in health; become weak; droop 2. to live under distressing conditions; continue in a… …   English World dictionary

  • Languish — Lan guish, v. i. To cause to droop or pine. [Obs.] Shak. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • languish — (v.) early 14c., fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death, from languiss , prp. stem of O.Fr. languir be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill, from V.L. *languire, from L. languere be weak or faint (see LAX (Cf. lax)). Weaker sense be… …   Etymology dictionary

  • languish — [v] droop; become dull, listless be disregarded, be neglected, brood, conk out*, decline, desire, despond, deteriorate, die on vine*, dwindle, ebb, fade, fag, fag out, fail, faint, fizzle out, flag, go soft*, go to pieces*, grieve, hanker, hunger …   New thesaurus

  • languish — ► VERB 1) grow weak or feeble. 2) be kept in an unpleasant place or situation: he was languishing in jail. 3) archaic pine with love or grief. ORIGIN Old French languir, from Latin languere …   English terms dictionary

  • languish — UK [ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms languish : present tense I/you/we/they languish he/she/it languishes present participle languishing past tense languished past participle languished 1) to fail to be successful or to improve Oil… …   English dictionary

  • languish — [[t]læ̱ŋgwɪʃ[/t]] languishes, languishing, languished 1) VERB If someone languishes somewhere, they are forced to remain and suffer in an unpleasant situation. [V prep/adv] Pollard continues to languish in prison... [V prep/adv] No one knows for… …   English dictionary

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