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English definition of “languish”

languish

verb [I]     /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪʃ/
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
(Definition of languish verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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