linger on - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theylinger on
he/she/itlingers on
present participlelingering on
past tenselingered on
past participlelingered on
  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
See also main entry: linger