from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be slow in leaving, especially out of reluctance; tarry. See Synonyms at stay1.
- intransitive v. To remain feebly alive for some time before dying.
- intransitive v. To persist: an aftertaste that lingers.
- intransitive v. To proceed slowly; saunter.
- intransitive v. To be tardy in acting; procrastinate.
- transitive v. To pass (a period of time) in a leisurely or aimless manner.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To stay or remain in a place or situation, especially as if unwilling to depart or not easily able to do so.
- v. To remain alive or existent although still proceeding toward death or extinction; to die gradually.
- v. To consider or contemplate for a period of time; to engage in analytical thinking or discussion.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To delay; to loiter; to remain or wait long; to be slow or reluctant in parting or moving; to be slow in deciding; to be in suspense; to hesitate.
- transitive v. To protract; to draw out.
- transitive v. To spend or pass in a lingering manner; -- with out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make long; prolong; protract; delay; put off; defer.
- To spend in an inactive or tedious manner; drag: with out, and sometimes away.
- To remain in a place or a state for an unusual, undue, or unexpected length of time; defer action, movement, decision, etc., either from inclination or necessity; hold back; tarry; delay; loiter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. move to and fro
- v. remain present although waning or gradually dying
- v. be about
- v. take one's time; proceed slowly
- v. leave slowly and hesitantly
Middle English lengeren, frequentative of lengen, to prolong, from Old English lengan; see del-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
leng "to lengthen, delay" (11-16 centuries), from Old English lengan, probably of Indo-European origin (cognates include Persian لنگ, Albanian ling ("animal charge, ride")). (Wiktionary)