verb (used without object)
Origin of languish
Examples from the Web for languish
Common sense, uncontroversial ideas tend to languish when attention has moved elsewhere.
Some of the authors most revered by their contemporaries now languish in relative obscurity.
Critical journalists continue to languish in prison and inside the courtrooms the breadth of the clampdown is on full display.Egypt Prepares to Anoint a Dictator and Call it an Election|Jesse Rosenfeld|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
They see people just like them being elevated quickly to power while they languish, and they become envious.
They will be abandoned to languish and rot in “gulags” in Russia.Russia’s Adoption Ban Is Cruel and Vindictive to All|Dr. Jane Aronson|December 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But many of our men are weary and worn, and languish for repose.A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital|John Beauchamp Jones
When taken to warm climates, they languish, and soon die of disease of the liver.The Plant Hunters|Mayne Reid
Unless the latter function is provided for, the aerial portions of the plant will languish from want of food to assimilate.A Treatise on Meteorological Instruments|Henry Negretti
No, Plautus did not allow his public to languish for want of noise.The Dramatic Values in Plautus|Wilton Wallace Blancke
Hubert must not be permitted to languish a day longer in prison than we can help.The Cruise of the Nonsuch Buccaneer|Harry Collingwood
British Dictionary definitions for languish
Word Origin for languish
Word Origin and History for languish
early 14c., "fail in strength, exhibit signs of approaching death," from languiss-, present participle stem of Old French languir "be listless, pine, grieve, fall ill," from Vulgar Latin *languire, from Latin languere "be weak or faint" (see lax). Weaker sense "be lovesick, grieve, lament, grow faint," is from mid-14c. Related: Languished; languishing.