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Meaning of LANGUISH

Pronunciation:  'langgwish

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  become feeble; "The prisoner has be languishing for years in the dungeon"
  2. [v]  lose vigor, health, or flesh, as through grief; "After her husband died, she just pined away"
  3. [v]  have a yen for

LANGUISH is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: ache, fade, long, pine, pine away, waste, yearn, yen
 See Also: degenerate, deteriorate, die, drop, miss, weaken



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Lan"guish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Languished}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Languishing}.] [OE. languishen, languissen, F.
    languir, L. languere; cf. Gr. ? to slacken, ? slack, Icel.
    lakra to lag behind; prob. akin to E. lag, lax, and perh. to
    E. slack.See {-ish}.]
    1. To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation;
       to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away;
       to wither or fade.
             We . . . do languish of such diseases. --2 Esdras
                                                   viii. 31.
             Cease, fond nature, cease thy strife, And let me
             landguish into life.                  --Pope.
             For the fields of Heshbon languish.   --Is. xvi. 8.
    2. To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief,
       appealing for sympathy. --Tennyson.
    Syn: To pine; wither; fade; droop; faint.
  2. \Lan"guish\, v. i.
    To cause to droop or pine. [Obs.] --Shak. --Dryden.
  3. \Lan"guish\, n.
    See {Languishiment}. [Obs. or Poetic]
          What, of death, too, That rids our dogs of languish ?
          And the blue languish of soft Allia's eye. --Pope.
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