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phrasal verb [intransitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theylinger on
he/she/itlingers on
present participlelingering on
past tenselingered on
past participlelingered on

Related words

  1. 1
    same as linger (sense 2)

    Ten years later, the memory still lingers on.

  2. 2
    to be alive, although very ill, for a long time after you seemed likely to die
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the activity of exploring abandoned buildings and other manmade structures

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