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English definition of “linger”

linger

verb [I]     /ˈlɪŋ.ɡər/ US  /-ɡɚ/
C2 to take a long time to leave or disappear: After the play had finished, we lingered for a while in the bar hoping to catch sight of the actors. The smell from the fire still lingered days later. It's impossible to forget such horrific events - they linger (on) in the memory forever.Staying and remainingWaiting lingerer     /r/ US  // noun [C] Staying and remainingWaiting
(Definition of linger verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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