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languish

lan·guish

languish

 
 
pronunciation:
laeng gwihsh
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Word Combinations (verb)
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: languished, languishes, languishing
definition 1: to lose strength or energy; weaken.
With such good care, he should have been gaining strength, but instead he was languishing.
synonyms:
flag
antonyms:
flourish, thrive
similar words:
decay, decline, droop, ebb, fade, fail, pine, sag, weaken, wilt
definition 2: to suffer in a state of neglect or indifference.
His wife was carrying on with another man while he was languishing in jail.The old woman languished in the nursing home with rarely a visit from one of her children.
synonyms:
rot
antonyms:
flourish, thrive
similar words:
decay, ebb, waste, wither
definition 3: to yearn or long for someone, esp. in a melancholy way.
For years he languished, unable to think of any other woman.
synonyms:
pine
similar words:
crave, long, thirst, yearn
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derivation: languisher (n.)