from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor.
- intransitive v. To exist or continue in miserable or disheartening conditions: languished away in prison.
- intransitive v. To remain unattended or be neglected: legislation that continued to languish in committee.
- intransitive v. To become downcast or pine away in longing: languish apart from friends and family; languish for a change from dull routine.
- intransitive v. To affect a wistful or languid air, especially in order to gain sympathy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See languishment.
- intransitive v. To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to linger in a weak or deteriorating condition; to wither or fade.
- intransitive v. To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.
- intransitive v. To be neglected and unattended to.
- intransitive v. To cause to droop or pine.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To become weak or spiritless; become listless or sad; lose strength or animation; pine: as, to languish in solitude.
- To droop, wither, or fade, as a plant, from heat, drought, neglect, or other unfavorable conditions.
- To grow feeble or dull; lose activity and vigor; dwindle; fall off: as, the war languished for lack of supplies; manufactures languished.
- To act languidly; present or assume a languid appearance or expression, especially as an indication of tender or enervating emotion.
- Synonyms To decline, faint, fail.
- To cause to droop or fail.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief
- v. become feeble
- v. have a desire for something or someone who is not present
V. ii.42 (250,7) rids our dogs of languish] For _languish_, I think we may read, _anguish_.
Predicting that recent volatility in such flows will continue or even increase, RBS anticipates that the rupee may "languish" in the 46 rupees-47. 50 rupees range over the next three months, with an upside bias for the dollar.
I was, you know, spending a lot of time -- when you're a stand-up comedian, you have 23 hours of the day to just kind of languish and wait for the gig and do a little writing.
This, while nearly three billion human beings subsist (or "languish") on less than $2 a day.
I mean the fact that this has been accomplished in two years time, because John Paul II was put on the fast track, and they put a lot of people on this project but there are plenty of others who kind of languish in obscurity.
We have seen things like Project Exile really kind of languish under the Clinton-Gore administration.
While cases would "languish" in the Rota, the CDF handled cases "expeditiously, fairly, and with due regard to the rights of all the parties involved."
If not, he warns, Paris will "languish" like a "cancerous cell unable to grow".
She said people who go to court should not be required to "languish" in courthouse halls.
"languish" in an Australian jail until the US marshals arranged to take him back.