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verb [intransitive] linger pronunciation in American English /ˈlɪŋɡər/
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present tense
present participlelingering
past tenselingered
past participlelingered

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  1. 1
    to stay somewhere longer than is necessary, or to spend longer doing something than is necessary, because it is enjoyable or helpful to you

    I like to linger over breakfast and read the newspapers.

    Many students lingered after class.

    linger on:

    She let her eyes linger on him.

  2. 2



    linger on

    to last or continue for a long time

    The smell of fish lingered in the kitchen.

    linger in the mind/memory:

    His face lingered in her memory.

    Doubts still linger about his honesty.

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