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verb [intransitive] languish pronunciation in American English /ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlelanguishing
past tenselanguished
past participlelanguished
  1. 1
    to fail to be successful or to improve
    Oil prices continue to languish at $10.79 a barrel.
  2. 2
    to remain in a difficult or unpleasant situation for a long time
    languish in: The children are languishing in orphanages waiting for adoption.


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