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Meaning of “languish” in the English Dictionary

"languish" in British English

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languishverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈlæŋ.ɡwɪʃ/
to ​exist in an ​unpleasant or ​unwantedsituation, often for a ​longtime: 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 ​rulingparty is languishing in third ​place in the ​opinionpolls.
(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 ​unwantedsituation, often for a ​longtime: Members of ​Congress have ​introducedplans, 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   us   /ˈlæŋɡwɪʃ/
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)
Translations of “languish”
in Spanish languidecer, consumirse…
in Vietnamese úa tàn, tiều tụy…
in Malaysian menjadi lembap…
in Thai อ่อนแรง…
in French (se)languir…
in German ermatten…
in Chinese (Simplified) 受苦,经历苦难,受煎熬…
in Indonesian makin lemah, merana…
in Chinese (Traditional) 受苦,經歷苦難,受煎熬…
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