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English definition of “linger”

linger

verb [I]  /ˈlɪŋ·ɡər/ us  
to take longer than usual to leave or disappear: We went to small cafes where we could linger over cappuccino. The smell lingered in the kitchen for days.
lingering
adjective [not gradable]  /ˈlɪŋ·ɡər·ɪŋ/ us  
She has lingering doubts about his ability to do the job.
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