Languish

Definition of Languish

Lan´guish
v. i.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.
[imp. & p. p. Languished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Languishing.]
We . . . do languish of such diseases.
- 2 Esdras viii. 31.
Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife,
And let me languish into life.
- Pope.
For the fields of Heshbon languish.
- Is. xvi. 8.
2.To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
3.To be neglected and unattended to; as, the proposal languished on the director's desk for months.
1.To cause to droop or pine.
n.1.See Languishment.
What, of death, too,
That rids our dogs of languish?
- Shak.
And the blue languish of soft Allia's eye.
- Pope.

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