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 {-ish}.] 1. To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to linger in a weak or deteriorating condition; to wither or fade. [1913 Webster]

We . . . do languish of such diseases. --2 Esdras viii. 31. [1913 Webster]

Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife, And let me languish into life. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

For the fields of Heshbon languish. --Is. xvi. 8. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [PJC]

Syn: To pine; wither; fade; droop; faint. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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