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English definition of “languish”

languish

verb [I] uk   /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪʃ/ us  
to exist in an unpleasant or unwanted situation, often for a long time: After languishing in obscurity for many years, her early novels have recently been rediscovered. He has been languishing in jail for the past 20 years. The ruling party is languishing in third place in the opinion polls.Existing and beingLasting for a long time
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