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languish

verb

1 languish

Lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief.

synonyms: pine away, waste.

Roget 36: decrease, diminish, lessen; abridge etc. (shorten) 201; shrink etc. (contract) 195; drop off, fall off, tail off; ... show more

Roget 683: be inactive etc. adj.; do nothing etc. 681; move slowly etc. 275; let the grass grow under one's feet; take one's time, dawdle, drawl, ... show more



2 languish

Have a desire for something or someone who is not present.

synonyms: ache, pine, yearn, yen.

Roget 828: feel pain, suffer pain, experience pain, undergo pain, bear pain, endure pain etc. n., smart, ache etc. (physical pain) 378; suffer, ... show more

Roget 655: be ill etc. adj.; ail, suffer, labor under, be affected with, complain of, have; droop, flag, languish, halt; ... show more

Dutch: verlangen, zuchten, dorsten, haken, hongeren, hunkeren, reikhalzen, smachten, snakken

3 languish

Become feeble:
— The prisoner has been languishing for years in the dungeon.

synonym: fade.

Roget 160: be weak etc. adj.; drop, crumble, give way, totter, tremble, shake, halt, limp, fade, languish, decline, ... show more

Dutch: verkommeren, verkwijnen, verpieteren, wegkwijnen, wegteren, zieltogen


Moby thesaurus: abate, ablate, bate, be eaten away, become suicidal, break, cave in, collapse, come apart, come unstuck, conk out, consume, consume away, corrode, crumble, decline, decrease, deliquesce, desiccate, despair ... show more.

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