Meaning of “languish” in the English Dictionary

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"languish" in British English

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languishverb [ I ]

uk /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪʃ/ us /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.

(Definition of “languish” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"languish" in American English

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languishverb [ I ]

us /ˈlæŋ·ɡwɪʃ/

to exist in an unpleasant or unwanted situation, often for a long time:

Members of Congress have introduced plans, but those have languished.

(Definition of “languish” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"languish" in Business English

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languishverb [ I ]

uk /ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ/ us

to be weak or fail to improve:

Traditional industries continue to languish or disappear.

(Definition of “languish” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)